Politicians are more conservative than voters in the US on doing something about climate change. That’s what the contemporary issue of the respected Bulletin of Atomic Scientists reports on the basis of recent research by David Broockman and Christopher Skovron. (May that also be true in Canada?)
Why so? Politicians are not good at estimating public opinion. They oppose policies supported by 75% of Americans. They pay too much attention to wealthy voters. (Researchers neglect the role of the fossil fuel companies.)
What to do? The logic of this study leads us to think that we should lobby politicians at the constituency level, in their own backyards, and not feel embarrassed about our opinions. We should see elections as a particularly good time to do this, but between elections is useful as well.