Sample Essay Paper on Environmental Ideologies

  1. Question 1
    1. The degree to which one thinks competition should be fettered or unfettered (i.e. tightly regulated or not) is a critical value that can be used to differentiate people because it shows different people value environmental issues. It does make sense because one can only defend what is important.
    2. All typologies are reasonable and robust and all people should identify with at least one. I plot on individualists.
    3. All typologies should be given priority in policy process. However, pluralism and clumsy institutions should not be the goal always.
    Question 2
    1. Communism works best in such ideologies because it does bring a sense of involvement and belonging on environmental issues. I have no problem with political compass ideologies.
    2. Political compass tends to show why some of the mature democracies are against strict policies.
    Question 4
    1. The political typology seems to produce more accurate and extreme outcome than the political compass results.
    Question 5
    1. a) Q70 that asks “when do you think global warming will start to harm people in the United States?” Most Democrats think global warming is already affecting the US, while most Republicans and Tea Party members think it will never happen (Leiserowitz, Maibach, Roser-Renouf, and Hmielowski, 12-14)
    2. b) People of different political affiliations hold different views when it comes to the conservation responsibilities. This leads to the difference in policies that govern environmental issues. This means Tea Party and Republicans are likely not to support policies towards global warming than the Democrats.
    Question 6
    1. Solid liberals prefer NPR, Daily Newspaper, The New York Times and the Daily Show while Staunch Conservatives prefer Fox News, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh to get environmental news.
    Question 7
    1. The three networks have different bias towards the coverage and maybe doing this to develop public opinion.
    2. Media bias contributes to the earlier trends among the political parties. For instance, Fox seems to favor conservatives like Tea Party and Democrats while CNN seems to favor Liberals or Democrats.
    Question 8
    1. Conservative think tanks (CTTs) advance sceptics that have discouraged the US towards supporting environmental conservation efforts.

    Question 9
    1. Positive feedback loop encourages a critical look at all facts on the environmental conservation
    Question 10
    1. Growing partisan polarization works towards the diverging views on the effort towards environmental conservation, something that makes it difficult to pass necessary legislations
    Question 11

    This process has opened my eyes on the political aspect of environmental conservations, reasons for the different policy between the US and other global players. Required policies can only be in place with a change in political worldview on environmental issues.

    Works Cited

    Leiserowitz, A., Maibach, E., Roser-Renouf, C., and Hmielowski, J. D. Politics & Global

    Warming: Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and the Tea Party, Yale University and George Mason University, New Haven, CT: Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, 2012. Web. October 21,