The Weather is Bad, Climate Change must be Real! – America
It seems that everyone kind of doesn’t know what to believe anymore:
Before the financial crisis hit, Americans were pretty sure that the globe was warming, and that humans were causing it, and that it was kind of a big deal. As the economy slumped, Americans decided that climate change wasn’t actually happening—and even if it was, it wasn’t our fault. And now, after a flurry of wild weather—deadly tornados, floods, droughts, an uncommonly mild winter, and recent heat waves—U.S. residents are back to believing that global warming is real. But we’re still hesitant to take the blame.
More after the jump.
Maybe it was all that priming, but 69 percent of respondents in that March poll went on to say that they believed global warming was affecting the weather in the United States. And that, of course, was before the Colorado wildfires, and before the most recent wave of storms and heat in the Midwest and Northeast, which have brought renewed media attention to climate change. If you polled the country today, the number might well top 70 percent.
To the science-minded, it might be disconcerting that the weather drives Americans’ beliefs about climate change. After all, scientists’ models have been showing and predicting climate change for decades. And global warming’s relationship to any given weather trend is probabilistic, not causal, as David Roberts explained in a thoughtful Grist post recently.
On top of that, those who base their climate judgments on the weather rather than on science are missing out on all the data that link global warming to greenhouse gas emissions. That helps explain why, even as more people acknowledge global warming, fewer believe that humans are causing it. As Brian Merchant wrote in Slate a year ago, to turn climate skeptics into believers would probably require dismantling the denial industry and exposing more people to the actual evidence.”
Count us in as hapless in betweeners caught in what is almost a Christianity vs. Islam sort of debate on Climate Change. The thing we want to always express is that we hold to science and the scientific method when it comes to climate change and as of right now, there is no clear rebuttal within science of Climate Change. Some of the methods are definitely called into question and rightfully so — but until someone submits a counter theory that rebuts Climate Change it’s hard to completely dismiss the theory as fiction, despite some’s best efforts using pseudo science and statistical snippets to do just that.
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