Voting climate in New Hampshire

over 3 years ago

As you read this post, voters in New Hampshire have already started heading to the polls to cast their support for the next president of the United States. New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary comes just a week after the first-in-the-nation caucus in Iowa, and political pundits and prognosticators will use tonight's outcome to predict successes and failures as the remaining candidates march toward Super Tuesday.

The ramifications of Iowa can be seen in the winnowing of the GOP field; three candidates suspended their campaigns after disappointing results. What will be the outcome in New Hampshire? My crystal ball is murky, but hailing from a neighboring (but slightly less quirky) New England state, I suspect we should brace ourselves for the unexpected to occur.

As for ClimateEye, there has been a significant amount of climate activity in the last week, with voters repeatedly pressing the GOP candidates for their climate playbook.

A snapshot of their responses:

Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio: Both lawmakers hail from Florida and recently received letters from more than a dozen Florida mayors concerned about climate change and sea level rise, including Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, a Republican (and Rubio supporter) who thinks the issue needs to be elevated with GOP candidates.

Over the weekend, Bush told New Hampshire voters "global warming is real… I think conservatives lose ground when we don't embrace technology and science. Why wouldn't we want to embrace the things that enhance our lives?"

Rubio has indicated support for mitigation measures. "I think there are things we need to do to mitigate the impact [sea level rise] is having," Rubio said. "I think you can be pro-economy and pro-environment, but you have to do it in a way that is responsible for both."

Sen. Ted Cruz: Cruz has consistently denied existence of climate change, and he reaffirmed his position last week in New Hampshire. "I understand there are scientists with political agendas. They don't get to own the data and evidence…There have been gradual periods of warming and cooling, warming and cooling long before the industrial revolution."

Gov. Chris Christie: "I'm a candidate in this race who has said I believe climate change is real and I believe human activity contributes to it. So now, what do we do is the question," Christie told voters at a town hall meeting. He explained that in New Jersey, "we took a variety of approaches to try to broaden the way we develop our electricity with an eye toward making sure that we protect our environment. So 53 percent of New Jersey's electricity comes from nuclear power. Nuclear power doesn't add to climate change at all. We've operated those nuclear reactors in the most densely populated state in America safely for four decades."

Polls close at seven o'clock tonight, so stay tuned to see what the New Hampshire voting climate has in store for the remaining candidates in the next suite of primaries.

Climate change has not come up recently with Donald Trump, Dr. Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina or Gov. John Kasich, but you can read their most recent comments by clicking on their names.