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The more educated Republicans/conservatives are, the more they reject science.
http://www.alternet.org/teaparty/154252/the_republican_brain:_why_even_educated_conservatives_deny_science_--_and_reality?page=entire
True of liberals? Apparently not: they start out with an anti-nuclear bias, but more education on the subject lessens their worries, moving them closer to the scientific consensus, rather than further away, as with conservatives and global warming.

Medicalization of anti-authoritarianism.
http://www.alternet.org/health/154225/would_we_have_drugged_up_einstein_how_anti-authoritarianism_is_deemed_a_mental_health_problem/?page=entire

Jeb Bush: "I used to be a conservative" http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/73242.html

gay marriage passes Maryland's Democratic legislature, referendum likely
Initiative in Maine likely, to overcome the anti-marriage referendum three years ago
(No links, just heads up.)

Santorum more scary than you thought:
http://www.alternet.org/election2012/154242/agenda_for_the_dark_ages:_gop_frontrunner_rick_santorum%27s_5_most_extremist_themes

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dogofjustice
Feb. 25th, 2012 06:59 am (UTC)
Democrats are prone to claiming that their support for policies with large social effects and negligible impact on global warming is justified by global warming, while systematically ignoring policies that are more efficiently targeted at the potential problems.

Developed world emissions restriction policies, to the extent they are pursued at all, need to systematically be tied to progress in China and India to have much global value. And as much as I like mass transit (I currently don't own a car), there's no denying that an awfully large fraction of proposed mass transit projects in the US don't have a good shot of justifying their cost. Meanwhile, nuclear power is one example of a relatively neglected policy; other examples are support for geoengineering research, and rational cost/benefit analysis of moderate warming.

I can accept a bit of this irrationality as a necessary evil to slow down the "drill baby drill" nutcases who want to leave our descendants with next to nothing. But if global warming really is a serious problem, emissions reduction alone is unlikely to be a sufficiently powerful approach to dealing with it, and my patience is running out with Democrats who refuse to support the development of more powerful approaches.

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