Environmental activists are really hoping, sarcastically or not, higher-than-normal temperatures increase voter turnout to defeat Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Daniel Weiss, the former head of campaigns for the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), said it would be “poetic justice” if Trump and other Republicans skeptical of global warming were defeated by global warming-induced high voter turnout. LCV endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in November 2015 and has spent more than $6 million on ads in support of the former secretary of state.
LCV has spent more than $922,000 on ads opposing Trump, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Poetic justice if record warm temps increases voter turnout to defeat climate science deniers Trump Toomey Blunt Burr Heck et al https://t.co/JFkQwXFLuG
— Daniel J. Weiss (@DanJWeiss) November 1, 2016
Weiss retweeted a statement from Ed Maibach, a communications professor at George Mason University who focuses on global warming. Maibach tweeted out an article by ThinkProgress climate editor Joe Romm.
— Ed Maibach (@MaibachEd) November 1, 2016
Romm, a climate scientist and environmentalist, suggested projected warm weather throughout November could boost voter turnout.