Republicans are failing America: Coronavirus response mirrors climate change response

  • Published on March 31st, 2020

Conservative politicians across the country are still not taking Coronavirus seriously, as CleanTechnica analyst Mike Barnard pointed out. Potentially, because their leader still seems confused about it. Down-rank Republicans are following in the POTUS’ line of thinking. In Mississippi, for instance, the Republican governor has actively resisted a statewide shelter-in-place order, saying that he wanted to make decisions “based on experts.” Perhaps he considers right wing media personalities Alex Jones or Geraldo Rivera experts (if you haven’t seen Alex Jones’ toothpaste that kills coronavirus, or Geraldo’s DIY coronavirus test on Fox News, it’s worth a watch).

GOP vs Dem governors coronavirus plan


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He’s not alone. Republican governors across the country are gambling with our lives.

I plotted the states that have issued Shelter-in-place orders as of March 31st

(States in blue have mandatory shelter-in-place. Red states have resisted health experts’ pleas to do the same. Grey states above have stopped short of shelter-in-place but have ordered all non-essential businesses to close.)
(States in blue have mandatory shelter-in-place. Red states have resisted health experts’ pleas to do the same. Grey states above have stopped short of shelter-in-place but have ordered all non-essential businesses to close.)

Perhaps not so amazingly, the party of science denialism and Drill Baby Drill politics are also failing us on the next pandemic — climate change. I plotted the map of states that have committed to a clean energy revolution, with what’s known as a renewable portfolio standard (RPS).

Look familiar?

And of course, the election maps of 2012 and 2016, for context (images from Wikipedia).

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(Originally appeared at our sister-site, Cleantechnica.)

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Scott Cooney (twitter: scottcooney) is an adjunct professor of Sustainability in the MBA program at the University of Hawai'i, green business startup coach, author of Build a Green Small Business: Profitable Ways to Become an Ecopreneur (McGraw-Hill), and developer of the sustainability board game GBO Hawai'i. Scott has started, grown and sold two mission-driven businesses, failed miserably at a third, and is currently in his fourth. Scott's current company has three divisions: a sustainability blog network that includes the world's biggest clean energy website and reached over 5 million readers in December 2013 alone; Pono Home, a turnkey and franchiseable green home consulting service that won entrance into the clean tech incubator known as Energy Excelerator; and Cost of Solar, a solar lead generation service to connect interested homeowners and solar contractors. In his spare time, Scott surfs, plays ultimate frisbee and enjoys a good, long bike ride. Find Scott on