Trump’s pulling out of the Paris climate deal “adds passion to the left, which brings us one step closer to Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi,” says Republican consultant John Weaver of Ohio. It means “real trouble for our party.” It will mean new money and new energy to oppose those who think global warming is a hoax.
And yet supporters of fossil fuels, coal in particular, who have been worried about job losses, are happy with Trump’s decision. In Rust Belt swing states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Missouri, and West Virginia, and Western states like Wyoming, Trump’s decision is popular.
Of course, Wyoming is a conservative Republican stronghold. The last Democratic presidential candidate to win Wyoming was Lyndon Johnson in 1964. Before that, Democrats Harry Truman in 1948, Franklin Roosevelt in 1932, 1936 and 1940, and Woodrow Wilson in 1912 and 1916 carried Wyoming. And three of the state’s last five governors were Democrats. The state even elected the country’s first female governor in 1925.