Why is Global Warming a political issue?

I can understand why these big issues become political.  I understand why abortion is a political issue.  I get that.  I understand why the war in Iraq is a political issue.  And I can certainly understand why freedom of speech is a political issue.  What I don’t understand is how global warming became a political issue.  Global warming, it seems, is an ecological issue.  Whether it’s true or not, it’s something that’s debated among experts which are the scientists.  So why is this now becoming a political issue?  Why are political pundits talking about it?  I don’t get it.  Liberals are saying it’s true; conservatives are saying it’s being blown out of proportion.  Well, isn’t the best way to settle the issue is to go straight to the experts, namely the scientists who study the global effects?

Please tell me!  Why is this a political issue?

About shaunmiller

I have just completed a visiting position as an assistant professor at Dalhousie University. My ideas are not associated with my employer; they are expressions of my own thoughts and ideas. Some of them are just musings while others could be serious discussions that could turn into a bigger project. Besides philosophy, I enjoy martial arts (Kuk Sool Won), playing my violin, enjoying coffee around town, and experimenting with new food.
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7 Responses to Why is Global Warming a political issue?

  1. Nancy says:

    it’s a political issue because although MOST scientists agree unequivocally about it, a few don’t, and the right wing is clinging to them to help deny something they don’t want to believe is truth.
    ecology itself is a political issue itself, because the actions that concern it are taken not just by the general populace, but by governments. thus it becomes by default a political issue because it must be discussed by politicians.

  2. thekillerj says:

    Here is a link to satisfy Shaun’s question. I don’t know why I bother posting though, it seems people only want to recognize their limited views. Nobody is willing to consider they might not have all the facts and have an actual debate which is due, in part, to global warming being politicized. Nevertheless:


    Nancy, as for your claim that only a “few” scientists don’t endorse the so-called etiological consensus of Global Warming, I encourage you to check this out:

    Unequivocal agreement? Right.

  3. shaunmiller says:

    Besides the ad hominems that Coleman does to Gore, environmentalists, and Revelle, I liked it. He was also on Penn & Teller’s Bullshit about it, which I’ll have to check out.

    However, I still don’t get why it became politicized. Yeah, it mentions Gore, but the whole idea of Global Warming was a political thing before Gore came on to the scene. Why do politicians have to discuss it? Isn’t this something that science should get involved? So again, why is this issue political?

  4. thekillerj says:

    Maybe because the people involved in the environmental INDUSTRY feel the need to create terror to secure their own jobs? A lot of money can be made on environmental control standards, and they come from tax dollars.

  5. thekillerj says:

    I guess it’s not just those redneck, neanderthal conservative Americans that have questions about the cause of global warming. The president of Czechoslovakia has questions. I wonder if this is political too.


  6. shaunmiller says:

    I read the article. It’s very intriguing. My hope is that global warming won’t end up being a philosophical/ethical issue like abortion or capital punishment. I’m hoping it’ll stay a scientific issue so that people can determine it through data, not politics; through empirical evidence, not philosophical persuasion.

  7. thekillerj says:

    I’m with you on that one.

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