Summary of How the Geography of Climate Damage Could Make the Politics Less Polarizing
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In the 1960s, tough-on-crime activists in the United States liked to say that a “conservative is a liberal who has been robbed.” Climate change activists today may soon describe a climate policy advocate as “a farmer who has lost his harvest to drought” or “a property owner whose house was destroyed by a cyclone.” In fact, new data published by America’s prestigious Climate Impact Lab reveals that US states most strongly opposed to climate policy today will likely suffer the most from climate inaction. A group of scholars at the Brookings Institution discuss the political implications of this data in a fascinating article that will interest anyone who has not yet given up hope for effective US climate action.
About the Authors
Mark Muro, David G. Victor and Jacob Whiton are scholars at the Brookings Institution.