Myth: At least 50% of Americans do not believe in human-caused climate change.
Fact: The overwhelming majority of climatologists consider anthropogenic (human-caused) climate change to be a scientific fact.
Inexpensive energy has literally fueled America’s economy for generations, but many Americans seem to think our economy cannot thrive without the heavy use of fossil fuels and that “clean coal” can alleviate any and all environmental concerns. A remarkably large number of Americans believe climate science–and because of it, climate change–is a hoax perpetrated to take advantage of us. Of those who do see it as a problem, large numbers don’t think it will affect them personally. Others think our economy cannot thrive without heavy use of fossil fuels and that “clean coal” can address any environmental concerns.
The science, however, is clear: Mankind is very likely causing–or at least dramatically worsening–climate change, making it an existential threat to life on Earth.
A new report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) illustrates just how dire a state our planet is in. Experts say that if governments don’t act soon, global temperatures will reach 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels by as early as 2030.read more
After President Trump announced that the U.S. would be withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, many felt completely defeated. But as Yale Insights points out, there are still plenty of reasons to remain optimistic.read more
The Trump administration says its changes to federal pollution restrictions on coal-burning plants would eliminate “burdensome” regulations and end what the president calls a “war on coal.” But even the administration’s own studies say the new rules will harm people’s health.read more
Several countries are experiencing record-breaking temperatures this summer. In Finland, the city of Sodankyla hit 90 degrees. This is highly unusual, given that Sodankyla is located 59 miles north of the Arctic Circle, in a region known for being cold and temperate.read more
Earlier today, we shared a post about major Democratic accomplishments in American history. As a follow-up, here’s a list of some of the actions taken by the Republican party over the past 100 years or so that have shaped America into the country we know and love.read more
While serving 12 years on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Judge Kavanaugh voted in a number of high-profile cases to limit EPA rules around issues like climate change and air pollution.read more
Scott Pruitt has resigned as head of the EPA, but don’t think the battle to protect the environment is over yet. His successor is at least as anti-regulation as Pruitt was, and he has ties to Republican Senator James Inhofe, one of the most prominent climate change deniers.read more
Despite the fact that Congress rejected cuts to the Department of Energy’s non-defense programs, including clean energy research, in the 2019 budget, the Trump administration has doubled down and proposed even deeper cuts to those programs in the 2020 budget.read more
Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, but we sure didn’t act like it after Hurricane Maria hit. Estimated death tolls as a result of the hurricane are now over 4,400. Where was U.S. aid for one of its own territories for all those months where the island was largely without electricity and basic necessities?read more
You may recall an April 2018 report that revealed censorship of a National Park Service report on the effects of rising sea levels and storm surge on America’s national parks. At the time, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke swore up and down that the Department of the Interior was not censoring science, but the Center for Investigative Reporting’s findings showed otherwise.read more