To start, here is Governor Kasich in his own words:
"This isn't popular to always say, but I believe there is a problem with climates, climate change in the atmosphere. I believe it. I don't know how much there is, but I also know the good Lord wants us to
be good stewards of his creation."
Why did Governor Kasich feel a need to say it "isn't popular to always say" those words? Probably because he was speaking to a room full of Republican donors, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
I praise Kasich for not pandering to what he thought his audience wanted to hear and embracing the bottom line of the enormous amount of climate science that is now available. Rick Santorum, Rush Limbaugh, Koch Brothers, and the ideological police of the conservative movement will certainly be in a sour mood about the Governor's comment, and this statement could even strike Kasich from the list of acceptable Republican Vice Presidential nominees
To encourage Governor Kasich, polling indicates that between 40% to 55% of Republicans accept that temperatures are rising and climate is changing. Moreover acceptance of these basic points is much greater among independent and Democratic voters.
Even more importantly, Governor Kasich stands on the strong foundation of a vast scientific record that grows bigger.