Analysis | The Energy 202: So, how much did climate change matter in the 2020 election?

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Yet as vote tallies are finalized, it’s also clear the potency of global warming at the ballot box has its limits, for now. A sizable chunk of voters who say they are concerned about climate change still ended up voting for President Trump anyway — even though the president often dismisses it as a “hoax.”A two-thirds majority of voters say climate change is a “serious problem,” according to exit polls conducted by Edison Research for The Washington Post and other publications. It’s a notion backed by the vast majority of scientists who say human activity is dangerously warming the planet.Yet among voters who said climate change is a serious problem, 68 percent voted for Biden, while 29 percent backed Trump, that same survey shows.As is the case with so many other issues, political polarization may have locked people into voting for their own party. Edward Maibach, director of George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication, said his research indicates that many moderate Republicans who think climate change is real still aren’t willing to cross the aisle when deciding who should be the next president.“They do care about the issue,” Maibach said. “But they clearly …

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