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People on the Republican side overestimate the feelings for this, and on our side, Democrats are scared for no reason… Some Democrats assume anything about global warming is a political loser. And that’s just not the case.

— Democratic pollster Andrew Baumann, explaining to the New York Times that the Republican Party’s pro-coal, anti-science stance is not a winning campaign issue.