The more powerful the evidence for global warming becomes, the more skeptical hard-line Republicans appear to be. Resistance to the case against greenhouse gases is hardening into conservative dogma, Jonathan Chait writes. Last year, 23 per cent of Congressional Republicans said they believed humanity’s contribution to global warming had been proven. Today it’s only 13 per cent.
The reason, according to Chait, is not that they're protecting the energy industry, though some are. Rather, it's that they defer to a handful of renegade scientists who reject the consensus they refer to scornfully as Planet Gore. And those who do worry about global warming have found a way to voice their concerns that's satisfyingly unpalatable to liberals: supporting nuclear power.