A recent study has found evidence that the American Republican Party is unique in the world for its denial of climate change science. No other major political party is able to so staunchly refuse to acknowledge scientific consensus and remain in any form of authority.
As Jonathan Chait from New York Magazine explains:
Of all the major conservative parties in the democratic world, the Republican Party stands alone in its denail of the legitimacy of climate science. Indeed, the Republican Party stands alone in its conviction that no national or international response to climate change is needed. To the extent that the party is divided on the issue, the gap separates candidates who openly dismiss climate science as a hoax, and those who, shying away from the political risks of blatant ignorance, instead couch their stance in the alleged impossibility of international action.
Chait is discussing a paper published recently by Sondre Båtstrand that found that anywhere else in the world, opposing legislation to combat growing carbon emissions “is only the case with the U.S. Republican Party, and hence not representative of conservatives parties as a party family.”
What makes the American Republican Party different than other conservative parties? Chait argues that it is their unwillingness to compromise and it seems that he is right. Unlike other conservative parties, America’s GOP is dedicated to the opposition of working with their political counterpart by every means necessary.
For more on this, read the article from New York Magazine titled: “Why Are Republicans the Only Climate-Science-Denying Party in the World?“