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In their 2012 platform, the Democrats nevertheless “pledge to continue showing international leadership on climate change.” As it happens, U.S. carbon dioxide emissions are back down to their 1992 level, largely due to fracking, a new technology combining the injection of high pressure water with horizontal drilling to release natural gas previously trapped in shale, which has produced an abundant cheap supply of lower-carbon natural gas.
The 2012 Republican platform does not see climate change as an “epochal, man-made threat.” It promises to “oppose any and all cap and trade legislation” and “to prohibit the EPA from moving forward with new greenhouse gas regulations.” But even if the GOP were to acknowledge that man-made warming is occurring, that would not commit the party to implementing draconian carbon rationing policies.
After analyzing both the Democratic and Republican Party platforms, it’s evident that science is secondary to politics. Politicians of both parties manage to find science that conveniently supports the policies they already favor.