Californians think climate change is happening but that it won’t hurt them, survey finds | The Sacramento Bee

Sierra Foothill Commentary

Californians are more likely to believe that global warming is happening than residents of nearly every other state – but that doesn’t mean all Californians agree about it.

Belief that global warming is real ranges from around 65 percent in rural, mountainous counties like Shasta, Lassen, Tehama and Modoc to more than 80 percent in Bay Area counties like Alameda, San Francisco and San Mateo, according to new survey estimates by researchers at Yale University.

Voting patterns are a strong predictor of what proportion of a county’s residents believe in global warming. Counties with a relatively high percentage of Hillary Clinton voters uniformly are more likely to believe that global warming is happening. The opposite is true of counties with a high percentage of Trump voters.

I have been labeled a global warming skeptic by our local progressive Democrats and some bloggers who prescribe to anthropogenic global warming, but I…

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