I can understand that certain issues break down along liberal/conservative lines: abortion, health care reform, the death penalty, same-sex marriage, etc. But conservatives almost universally reject the theory of global warming, and, for reasons I’ll get to shortly, that surprises me.
I hope you’ll read the article I’ve linked here, explaining how Robert Hurt, who won Tom Perriello’s House seat in Virginia, says clean-energy legislation would fail to “do anything except harm people.” The tea party’s “Contract From America” calls proposed climate policies “costly new regulations that would increase unemployment, raise consumer prices, and weaken the nation’s global competitiveness with virtually no impact on global temperatures.”
But why are well educated people like these taking this position? Being “conservative,” shouldn’t we have expected the precise opposite? Don’t people with conservative approaches to life normally buy insurance, and take general precautions against risk? Since the idea of global warming is accepted by nearly all scientists studying the issue, wouldn’t prudence require conservatives — or anyone — to at least hedge their bets?
I’m hoping for a few comments here that will shed light on the phenomenon.