Open Thread August 3, 2023 Climate v Economy

Survey (NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist) finds 53% of Americans think addressing climate crisis should be given priority and 72% of Republicans say the economy should be.

June and July were, by many measures, the hottest such months on record. Wildfires are raging across the world, in the US notably in California and Nevada. Smoke from fires in Canada has blotted out the sun on the US east coast this year. Much of the US is threatened by rising seas.

The percentage of Republicans who think the economy should be given priority regardless is up 13 points since 2018.

More than half of respondents (56%) said climate change was a major threat. More than two-thirds of Republicans (70%) said it was a minor threat or no threat at all. Among Republicans, 43% said climate change would have no serious impact on their communities.

How the Biggest Emitters Match Up on Climate Change, Angry Bear, Angry Bear blog

Republicans (72%), the economy should be given priority, at the risk of ignoring climate change, NPR, Domenico Montanaro