Some may call it a political earthquake concerning the most pressing issue of our times.
A majority of Republicans now view climate change as a threat. Nearly three-quarters of Republicans want to see accelerated deployment of renewables. And that is according to Republican pollsters.
The Times reported that 73 percent of all voters - and 56 percent of Republicans - believe the climate is changing. Fewer than one-third of Republicans believe it is caused by natural forces. More than half of conservative Republicans believe humans are causing the problem.
The study was commissioned by a self-styled conservative Republican North Carolina businessman and was conducted by three prominent Republican pollsters.
Among the findings: 72 percent of Republicans want to see faster deployment of renewables.
These findings suggest that there may be a major split between the views of conservative Republicans and the wealthy conservative donors like the Koch brothers that have long dominated party messaging.
The implications of that split may be of enormous consequence in upcoming elections - and to energy utilities and utility regulators now guiding deployments of hundreds of millions of dollars of new energy infrastructure.
The future of American energy will be central to the upcoming Energy Times conference, Empowering Customers & Cities, in Chicago November 4-6.