The vast majority of scientists and researchers in the United States and throughout the world agree that manmade emissions are likely exacerbating climate change. Despite U.S. news articles to the contrary, since 2007 no scientific body has disagreed with this position. Therefore, it may be time to ask: What percentage of Americans need to believe that climate change is occurring for policymakers to take action?
- New York Times: “Is Global Warming Real? Most Americans Say Yes.” (June 1, 2014)
- Washington Post/ABC News: “Broad Concern about Global Warming Boosts Support for New EPA Regulations” (June 2, 2014)
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “Pennsylvania voters favor EPA greenhouse gas curbs, poll shows.” (June 5, 2014)
A: Yes (because of human activity), Yes (because of natural patterns), Yes (don’t know), No, Mixed evidence/ Don’t Know
A: They have already begun to happen, they will start happening within a few years, they will start happening within your lifetime, they will not happen within your lifetime, but they will affect future generations, or they will never happen?
Addendum: David E. pointed out this excellent implication: “Clearly US politics cannot be explained on the basis of public opinion, and that one must look deeper in order to understand and explain why we make the political choices we do.”