Overall, 73 percent of Americans believe that global warming is happening. But when you look at this finding by political party affiliation, only one-half (54 percent) of Republicans believe it is happening, versus 90 percent of Democrats.
The presence and size of this divide with respect to environmental action is only a recent phenomenon. Many of the landmark American environmental laws that are still in effect today were signed by Republican presidents.
I ascribe this to being fed up with the left wing and its numerous paranoiac, defensive, reactionary and delusional responses.
Environmentalism is seen as a left-wing issue, but as this writer points out, it's not. Conservatives call it "conservation," and until they found themselves derailed by defending against the liberal horde and their civil-rights-fueled agenda, it was a big part of the right's platform in this country.