Divided America: Temperatures rise, U.S. splits

Sep 12, 2016

By Seth Borenstein

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is part of Divided America, AP’s ongoing exploration of the economic, social and political divisions in American society.

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Tempers are rising in America, along with the temperatures.

Two decades ago, the issue of climate change wasn’t as contentious. The leading U.S. Senate proponent of taking action on global warming was Republican John McCain. George W. Bush wasn’t as zealous on the issue as his Democratic opponent for president in 2000, Al Gore, but he, too, talked of regulating carbon dioxide.

Then the Earth got even hotter, repeatedly breaking temperature records. But instead of drawing closer together, politicians polarized.

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5 comments on “Divided America: Temperatures rise, U.S. splits

  • As the deniers, vested interests became more threatened, in the US. the well funded media disinformation campaigns intensified, and bought in right-wing candidates got better sponsorship!

    “Merchants of Doubt”, explains it!

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  • I see the gullible voters of the world, are still electing delusional, nutty, science duffer, fringe politicians, who tell them fairy stories!


    A newly elected senator has used his first speech to call for Australia to take inspiration from the UK’s Brexit and leave the United Nations.

    Senator Malcolm Roberts was elected by Queensland as a member of the anti-immigration One Nation party.

    He believes climate change is a global conspiracy created by bankers seeking to establish a worldwide government.

    Mr Roberts told the Senate “We need an OzExit” to escape the “unelected swill” of the UN.

    “Australia’s values and way of life are also at risk from insidious institutions such as the unelected swill that is the United Nations,” he said.

    “The EU is a template for total socialist domination of Europe through unelected bodies, such as the IMF, forcing their frightening agenda on the people. It is also the UN’s template, and Australia must leave the UN.”

    He also quoted British comedian John Cleese, former US president Andrew Jackson and bush poet Banjo Paterson, and compared himself to Greek philosopher Socrates.

    The senator also used his maiden speech to heap scorn on climate science, saying the UN’s position was “absurd”.

    “It is basic. The sun warms the Earth’s surface. The surface, by contact, warms the moving, circulating atmosphere. That means the atmosphere cools the surface. How then can the atmosphere warm it? It cannot. That is why their computer models are wrong.”

    The former mining executive’s speech . . . . . . . .

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  • We need to sing far more the song of the political and moral virtues of true sustainability. Don’t steal from your kids’ kids, and don’t depend on unsavoury other countries for your vital supplies.

    Don’t get left behind either. Don’t let China eat the rest of your lunch. The new technologies will sell hugely into third world countries making them indifferent to hobbled US entreaties. Don’t become hated, but rather technology leaders again. Its only business after all.

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