Climate Change Polls as Humanity’s #1 Threat and Hillary Crushes Republicans on It

By Peter Daou

From the Guardian:

Climate change is what the world’s population perceives as the top global threat, according to research conducted by the Pew Research Center, with countries in Latin America and Africa particularly concerned about the issue. It is followed by global economic instability and the Islamic State militant group.

That’s no surprise. Here’s what the world’s most famous climate scientist recently predicted:

In the new study, [James] Hansen and his colleagues suggest that the “doubling time” for ice loss from West Antarctica — the time period over which the amount of loss could double — could be as short as 10 years. In other words, a non-linear process could be at work, triggering major sea level rise in a time frame of 50 to 200 years.  

Using climate models and an analogy with the so-called Eemian period or “Marine isotope stage 5e” — an interglacial period some 120,000 years ago that featured considerable sea level rise — the paper goes on to suggest that major ice loss from both Antarctica and Greenland will change the circulation of the oceans, as large volumes of cold, fresh water pour into the seas. 

Hillary is light years ahead of her Republican rivals on the environment, who are abdicating all reason and responsibility in the face of an existential threat to humanity. 

From National Journal:

Hillary Clinton isn't afraid to talk about global warming—and she wants her fellow Democrats to join her. In closed-door meetings with House and Senate Democrats, Clinton jumped at the chance to discuss the hot-button topic in political terms, numerous lawmakers said. Clinton delivered a clear message: Democrats must convince the American public that action to combat Earth's rising temperatures is urgent, and her party can make that case by tailoring their message to different kinds of voters. 

"She was incredible," said Sen. Ben Cardin. "She really relates [climate change] to the current political communities and how we have to do a better job. We know the policy, but we have to do a better job on the politics."

Here are the details of Hillary’s plan:

Hillary Clinton is going all in on renewable energy. 

The Democratic presidential candidate released a fact sheet detailing her plan to fight climate change, and it focuses heavily on promoting clean energy generation across the country. 

Among other things, the plan includes a promise to install half a billion solar panels by 2021, or the end of Clinton’s first term. That would represent a 700 percent increase from current installations, she said. Clinton also promised that, if elected, enough renewable energy would be produced to power every home in the country within 10 years.

Here’s a video released by the campaign outlining Hillary’s position.

While Hillary leads the fight against climate change, Republicans run away from the challenge, hiding behind increasingly irrational talking points and deplorable anti-science propaganda.

CNN is very clear about what's driving GOP thinking:

Many Republicans have an interest in appeasing the deep-pocketed energy industry.

Pope Francis has spoken out forcefully on the issue:

Pope Francis released a highly anticipated papal document on climate change and the environment, calling the fight against global warming a moral imperative and "one of the principal challenges facing humanity."

That is exactly what it is. The world agrees. The colossal irresponsibility of climate deniers (led by the GOP) threatens every one of us.

Our children deserve Hillary's plan on climate change over the unhinged denialism of the GOP field.


Peter Daou and Tom Watson founded #HillaryMen to provide actionable analysis of the 2016 campaign focusing on the gender barrier in U.S. politics. Peter is a former senior digital adviser to Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative. He is a veteran of two presidential campaigns (Kerry '04 and Clinton '08). Tom is an author and Columbia University lecturer who advises companies and non-profits on social activism.