Nobody would be more thrilled than redneck right-wing conservative types with Trump bumper-stickers and its because they’d love to be energy independent!

That’s a nice thing to say, and I would like to believe it. However, in my experience, it is simply not true.

We divide into tribes and we ally with our tribe. There is a tribe that believes climate change is nothing but an evil global conspiracy of fraudulent scientists. That tribe hates liberals. They hate how liberals think. They reject “green energy” and electric cars and so on because they believe those are liberal ideas. The logic chain for them works like this:

Major Premise: Liberals are full of bad ideas that they think are good ideas.

Minor Premise: Liberals think renewable energy and electric cars are good ideas.

Conclusion: Therefore, renewable energy and electric cars are bad ideas.

Sadly, the thought process is not much more complicated than that. Liberals, and their ideas, are the enemy, accordingly they must be fought. The worst thing that happened to climate change theory was Al Gore’s adoption of it as his pet cause. That resulted in conservatives identifying the science of climate change as liberalism, thereby authorizing scorched Earth (literally) warfare against it.

The conservative tribe reacted predictably. They continue to do so.

Retired lawyer & Army vet in The Villages of Florida. Lifelong: Republican (pre-Trump), Constitution buff, science nerd & dog lover. Twitter: @KeithDB80

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