Why is that the climate change issue is largely a partisan affair? I'm generalizing, but if you visit an aggregator like Progressive Bloggers, Blogging Dippers, Liblogs, the overwhelming majority of posters are sympathetic to the view that we need to take immediate action to a real problem. Visit a site like the Blogging Tories and you are sure to find someone debating whether or not the problem even exists, nevermind caused by humans? It amazes me that one's perception of a scientific question is largely based on political persuasion.
The same predicament exists in American politics, where almost every "denier" is a Republican. Is this a North American divide, because European political discourse doesn't show the same degree of disconnect?
If I write a post on the environment, almost universally any dissent is a Conservative supporter. Mars, solar cycles, flawed computer models, natural fluctuations, cattle, you name it, the alternative is presented. Blogging Tories write of "hysteria" amongst environmentists, much ado about nothing. Can someone please explain to me why this issue has produced such a chasm, based on partisanship? I don't get it.