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Survey: Climate change ranks surprisingly low among reasons people oppose Keystone XL

Washington Post: When it comes to political hot potatoes, there may not be a better example than the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Since Canada-based TransCanada Corp. first proposed the pipeline in 2008, it has served as a litmus test for where President Obama stands on energy, economic and environmental issues. One of those latter issues is climate change, as environmental groups that oppose the pipeline argue that approving it would be bad news for the climate. Whether the pipeline’s construction would significantly...

Every politician should tell us what they think about evolution and climate change

Washington Post: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker probably wasn’t expecting a science quiz while he was on a trade-related trip in the United Kingdom. But when you’re considering seeking your party’s nomination for president, you can’t rule out any questions. At a question-and-answer session in London, after Walker had already dodged other, non-science questions, he was asked whether he accepts evolution. His response: “I’m going to punt on that one as well.” In recent years, Republicans in particular have sought...