By Hank Campbell | January 22nd 2019 08:49 AM | Print | E-mail
A team of sociologists say they know of a sure way to hurt environmental protection: Elect a Democratic president.
An analysis of over 20,000 people from the General Social Survey between 1973 and 2014 found that support for environmental spending consistently plummeted during the administrations of Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. There are other known factors in regulatory support; the older people get the less they support more regulations, but it is a surprise to find that relative support for environmental regulation changes depending on which party is in the White House.
There are two reasons it could be so. Environmentalism could be a campaign issue but when victory is achieved, there is instead support for unions and other groups that spent heavily to get Democrats elected. Or it could be that Republicans are only opposed to regulation when a Democrat wants it.............To Read More....