Environmental activists are really hoping, sarcastically or not, higher-than-normal temperatures increase voter turnout to defeat Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Daniel Weiss, the former head of campaigns for the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), said it would be “poetic justice” if Trump and other Republicans skeptical of global warming were defeated by global warming-induced high voter turnout. LCV endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in November 2015 and has spent more than $6 million on ads in support of the former secretary of state.
LCV has spent more than $922,000 on ads opposing Trump, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Poetic justice if record warm temps increases voter turnout to defeat climate science deniers Trump Toomey Blunt Burr Heck et al https://t.co/JFkQwXFLuG
— Daniel J. Weiss (@DanJWeiss) November 1, 2016
Weiss retweeted a statement from Ed Maibach, a communications professor at George Mason University who focuses on global warming. Maibach tweeted out an article by ThinkProgress climate editor Joe Romm.
— Ed Maibach (@MaibachEd) November 1, 2016
Romm, a climate scientist and environmentalist, suggested projected warm weather throughout November could boost voter turnout.
“Instead of seeing the kind of cold, harsh November weather that can keep some people home, most Americans who vote early or on election day will see near-ideal temps,” Romm wrote.
“That’s especially important since ‘nearly half of Americans live in precincts where long lines’ to vote were a problem in the 2012 election,” he wrote.
ThinkProgress is the media arm of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the political arm of the Center for American Progress (CAP), which was founded by Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta.
“With this weather projected to continue over the next week, you have no excuse not to get your vote in,” Romm wrote. “And, as Al Gore has explained, there is also no excuse for voting for a third party — if you care about the climate crisis.”
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