Indiana and climate change

January 22, 2010
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A report yesterday about Americans’ attitudes on environmental issues by an influential Republican pollster is getting attention in liberal circles, but conservatives have been largely silent. In any event, the findings could create ramifications for Indiana, a smokestack state if ever there was one.

Frank Luntz, who early in the past decade counseled Republicans to play up the lack of scientific consensus on global warming, now is telling the party to get on the green bandwagon—but by using pro-growth terminology.

Most Americans believe the climate is warming and that something needs to be done, even if the entire scientific community is not marching in lockstep on the issue, Luntz said. Republicans, by the way, are thinking along the same lines as Democrats, he said.

Americans are more concerned about lessening the nation’s dependence on foreign oil and cutting back on pollution than they are about polar bears and melting glaciers, his polling found. Americans also don’t want to see environmentally friendly industries migrate to other countries.

Predictably, Republican respondents were more worried about the economic and national security issue of ending dependence on foreign oil, and Democrats were more concerned about environmental considerations.

Still, Luntz reminded, the public wants action.

The report is here. Read a take from the political left here.

Luntz advised politicians to get out in front of the issue by appealing to economic benefits of an improved environment. Talk about cleaner air instead of climate change. Also about national security and sustainable jobs.

If the report helps nudge environmental legislation ahead, Indiana on the one hand could benefit from the wind turbine and lithium battery production that’s flocking here. On the other hand, the steelmakers who dominate Northwestern Indiana and the numerous manufacturers populating the state as a whole could easily be hurt.

What are your thoughts? Has Indiana done enough to take advantage of the green movement?
 

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  • climate change
    It's about time Repubs opened their eyes to what is obvious to anyone who has looked at time-sequenced photos of the Arctic & Himalayan regions, regardless of the science. If Repubs push renewable energy industries and Dems push green issues, we will all benefit. namaste
  • Global Warming
    I predict global warming over the next several months. I mean climate change. Sorry, global warming is so 2008.
  • not
    cap and trade is not the answer.
  • the plot thickens
    Read Thomas Friedman's Hot, Flat and Crowded!
  • Global cooling
    In a few months, the southern half of the world will experience Global cooling while the northern half will experience Global warming. lol.

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  1. This is a terrible idea. I have an enormous amount of respect and appreciation for all the men and women who wear a uniform and serve the Indy Metro area. They don't get paid enough for all the crap they have to take. Low Pay and Benefits. Every thug and crazy taking pot shots at them. The statistics, demographics, and data that we have accumulated for umpteen years DO NOT LIE. Let's focus on making sure that the politicians that are "mandating" this crap are living where THEY are supposed to be living. Let's make sure that the politicians are not corrupt and wasting resources before we start digging into the folks on the front lines trying to do a difficult job. Since we are "hip" to "great ideas" Let's round up all the thugs in the Indy Metro area who are on parole violation as well as those in Marion County Jail that are never going to be rehabilitated and ship them down to Central America or better yet...China. Let's see how they fare in that part of the world.

  2. Once a Marion Co. commuter tax is established, I'm moving my organization out of Indianapolis. Face it, with the advancement in technology, it's getting more cost effective to have people work out of their homes. The clock is running out on the need for much of the office space in Indianapolis. Establishing a commuter tax will only advance the hands of the clock and the residents of Indianapolis will be left to clean up the mess they created on their own, with much less resources.

  3. The 2013 YE financial indicates the City of Indianapolis has over $2 B in assets and net position of $362.7 M. All of these assets have been created and funded by taxpayers. In 2013 they took in $806 M in revenues. Again, all from tax payers. Think about this, Indianapolis takes in $800 M per year and they do not have enough money? The premise that government needs more money for services is false.

  4. As I understand it, the idea is to offer police to live in high risk areas in exchange for a housing benefit/subsidy of some kind. This fact means there is a choice for the officer(s) to take the offer and receive the benefit. In terms of mandating living in a community, it is entirely reasonable for employers to mandate public safety officials live in their community. Again, the public safety official has a choice, to live in the area or to take another job.

  5. The free market will seek its own level. If Employers cannot hire a retain good employees in Marion Co they will leave and set up shop in adjacent county. Marion Co already suffers from businesses leaving I would think this would encourage more of the same.

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