Winning hearts and minds
So it’s a bit confusing to me that environmental issues get portrayed as these hip, young, progressive urban, leftist people on one side versus these skeptical, retrograde old country geezers. I mean, you’d expect that it would be those who live directly with the environment, who have an intimate relationship with it, who would be the most passionate about protecting it. It’s perplexing to me.
Hoffman: Well, we have to be careful of these broad categories. Because it’s not all Republicans, it’s not all Democrats, and if we rely on these stereotypes too much it starts becoming a self-fulfilling prophesy: “If you’re a Republican you must not believe in climate change.” That doesn’t work. There are plenty of instances of anglers and hunters advocatingvery strongly for habitat protection while working alongside environmental groups. It’s not an uncommon alliance.
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