Capt. Andrew Derr with an early-season flats striper. Long Island and the rest of the striper hosting coordinates along the Eastern Seaboard are already feeling the effects of climate change with varying water temperatures and moving seasonal prey food concentrations. Derr photo. Capt. Derr’s website. Capt. Derr is very active in the environmental matters effecting striper ranges.  

Climate Change Rises as a Public Priority. But It’s More Partisan Than Ever 

By Nadja Popovich / February 20, 2020

[dropcap]P[/dropcap]rotecting the environment and tackling climate change have climbed up the list of Americans’ political priorities this year as economic concerns have faded, according to a new report from Pew Research Center.

Percentage of Americans who say the issue should be a ‘top priority’ for the president and Congress

For the first time in the survey’s two-decade history, a majority of Americans said dealing with climate change should be a top priority for the president and Congress. That’s a 14 percentage point rise from four years ago.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans ranked protecting the environment as a leading policy priority, which is almost as many as said economic growth should remain a primary focus.

But the surge in climate and environmental concern masks a deep partisan divide:

*[Both charts] The survey methodology changed in 2015 from asking about “global warming” to asking about “climate change. Independents who say they lean toward a given party are categorized under that party. *Source: Pew Research Center

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