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.
The United States’ struggle to curb climate change suffered a major setback in 2017 when Donald Trump announced that he’d be pulling the nation out of the Paris climate accord. That’s the bad news; the good news is that individual citizens can still take it upon themselves to protect the planet.read more
In January 2018, floods and mudslides wreaked havoc on southern California. Naturally, the disaster got lots of media coverage. But what might surprise you is that nobody talked about the elephant in the room: the influence of climate change on the floods and the wildfires that preceded them.read more
Climate skepticism as a whole is just one piece of a recognizable pattern of ignoring and trying to discredit legitimate scientific research. A good deal of this skepticism rests on conspiracies, despite the fact that there are more than 900,000 pages of evidence in peer-reviewed journals showing that climate change is man-made.read more
Guest author Tyler Gillette is a spokesperson for RepublicEn, a group of conservatives and libertarians who believe climate change is real and that free enterprise can solve the problem. He suggests that a carbon dividend can reduce emissions, help American businesses, and boost national security.read more
It’s not unusual for messaging to change when the White House changes hands, but the Trump administration seems to have taken it a step farther and buried or deleted any mention of climate change from government websites. This censorship is not only irresponsible, it’s un-American.read more
It’s tempting to say that religious people don’t care about climate change. However, the truth about religion and climate science—and the truth about religion in general—is more nuanced. There actually are areas in which communities of faith and climate scientists share the same values.read more
When it comes to threats caused by climate change, we generally think of natural disasters, melting ice caps, and rising sea levels. But there’s another problem: toxic waste sites. Will they be cleaned up before climate change affects them? That depends on funding and the political will to do so.read more
There’s a scientific consensus–climate change is real, and it’s caused in large part by humans. But somehow, the debate goes on. How is doubt about climate change so pervasive when the evidence is so overwhelming? Which experts should you trust, and which ones should you be skeptical of?read more
While some say that Solyndra is an example of the failure of the Bush-era clean energy loan program, which was designed to spur innovation in the field of green energy, the fact is that the Department of Energy has actually made money on the program. Interest payments from successful companies have offset the losses caused by failures.read more