"Maybe within the primary as an issue to discuss, but the electorate in general has not grasped the importance of the issue."
" 'I'm not a scientist' will be the standard answer."
"Climate change does not help get swing voters in swing states."
Emissions spew out of a large stack at the coal fired Morgantown Generating Station, on May 29, 2014 in Newburg, Maryland. Next week President Obama is expected to announce new EPA plans to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal fired power plants.
"Please. The Republicans (even the ones that know better) are afraid of their extremist shadow on this one, and the Democrats (Hillary) won't touch it for fear of looking extremist on the left—a pretty damning indictment of all of them."
Q: How much of a role will climate change play in the 2016 presidential race?
REPUBLICANS (89 VOTES)
A major role: 4%A minor role: 66%No role: 30%
A major role
"A big consequential issue where the two bases are diametrically opposed suggests both parties will push climate to motivate turnout. We are about to be treated to a highly political yet pretty damn substantive conversation about the future. Gee, it's almost what presidential races should be about "¦"
A minor role
"It can't be ignored, but it's not going to be a top issue."
"Unless something weird happens, it is hard to see how this issue becomes significant."
"Since President Obama has calmed the seas and rolled back the tide, the issue is settled."
"Rebutting the climate-change alarmists and pledging to undo Obama's executive actions will be a plus for GOP candidates—in both the primaries and the general election."
"Voters don't care."
"We've let the American public believe we are opposed to clean water and air, and that will hurt us."
"Way too many more-compelling issues out there, from foreign policy to the economy."
"This is a liberal-donor issue, not a middle-class voter issue."
"The only way this elevates is if another Katrina hits."
"It doesn't move a single swing voter. Not when ISIS is beheading people and the economy is in the tank."
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