Jonathan Chait wrote an op-ed in the LA Times in which he offered an explanation for the Great Political Divide on global warming. Republicans strongly favor nuclear power as an alternative source of energy to fossil fuels combustion, in part to spite their ideological opponents (environmentalists and “lefties”).
Chris Mooney places the climate science debate into a much broader context of historical motives and methodologies used to spread a conservative message. But also notice the second comment by jbatch on his post – “If you want to know why Republicans don’t buy into global warming, read Joseph Romm’s excellent book, Hell and High Water…. Romm has it right. It’s not the problem they hate — it’s the solution.” They hate international treaties and crucial government-led efforts like carbon regulations and clean technology programs.
Conservatives have twisted their arms – and others’ – to finance and promote a campaign of denial on climate science and climate change solutions. Read Hell and High Water to explore the political issue more or take a glimpse of a chapter excerpt.