They usually run on a more environmentally friendly platform than Republicans, but whether they actually help the environment may be another story. Perhaps the most memorable environmental Democrat in recent history is Al Gore. He is the one who produced the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” about climate change. If you are looking for a political party that puts the environment first, check out the Green Party.
I agree that Democrats tend to run on a more environmentally friendly platform than Republicans, but I think they kind of have to because of who their base is. There definitely is a stereotype associating Democrats more with the environment. It’s ironic then that it was Richard Nixon, a Republican, who founded the EPA, signed the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Pesticide Control Act. During the later part of the 1970s though, a lot of working class (blue collar, lumberjacks, farmers) people who were the Republican base and directly affected by environmental regulations responded negatively to them because they felt such changes hurt their jobs and the economy. Most of the people who were forming The Sierra Club and pushing for environmental reforms were Democrats who tended to have higher educations and occupations outside of the oil, agriculture, and lumber industries which were being affected by the reforms. Though political bases may have shifted some since then, this seems to be the root of the liberal-enviromental movement association we’ve seen for almost 30 years now.
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