Sweltering heat and record droughts are wilting the opposition to climate science. Even in Texas.
A new University of Texas energy poll shows that those who reject or deny mainstream climate science dropped to just 15% of the population, down from 15%. The poll further found that 70% of the public accepts climate science, up from 65% in March, 2012. http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-07-18/record-heat-wave-pushes-u-dot-s-dot-belief-in-climate-change-to-70-percent.
Texans and Republicans moved significantly toward acceptance of climate science. A full 70% of Texans now accept climate change, up from 57% in March. One of those Texans, however, clinging to the view that climate science is a massive hoax is Governor Perry. One wonders how much longer Texans will support public officials that trade in such wild, conspiracy theories.
The UT poll also found that a majority of Republicans--53% and up from 45%--support climate science. That Republican majority has few Republicans in Congress supporting its view.
Independent voters also saw a big jump in acceptance of climate science, with 72% now supporting, up from 60%.
While the partisan gap between Republicans and Democrats narrowed, it still exists. Eighty-seven per cent of Democrats accept climate science. http://www.utenergypoll.com/.
Outside of the Republican party, where those who reject climate science are a large minority but now a minority, the number of those rejecting or denying climate science is dwindling to the point where they are a fringe.