A Harvard Public Opinion Project, reported by the Harvard Political Review, found that the “assumption that younger adults are more liberal when it comes to global warming does not hold up; if anything, they are even more skeptical.” Not only that, but young Americans are not very supportive of government efforts to regulate carbon dioxide.
“Not only are the newest voters less convinced of climate change as a reality; they are also less likely to support government funding of climate change solutions,” according to HPR.
bode well for Democrats staking their legacy on environmental issues.
Why are young Americans so skeptical of global warming? The HPR does not speculate, but notes that President Barack Obama’s recent use of comedian Keegan-Michael Key to vent his frustrations on global warming might help get young people on his side on the issue.
Obama used Key at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner last Saturday as his “anger translator” to vent his frustration on issues like global warming. Eventually Obama went on a scripted rant himself, “[e]very serious scientist says we need to act. The Pentagon says it’s a national security risk.”
Obama even chastised Oklahoma Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe for throwing a snowball on the Senate floor, saying “what kind of stupid, shortsighted, irresponsible–” before being cut off by Key during the comedy routine.