Four years ago, the American presidential candidates agreed that climate change was a critical issue demanding urgent attention. But that national call to action has disappeared and in the past four years public opinion on the climate issue has changed into scepticism. Both political parties get a lot of money from the oil, coal and gas lobbies and tackling climate change does not come cheap. America seems to lead the world in climate change denial, a phenomenon noted with amazement by Europeans and thinking people around the world. Recent scientific study about a record Artic ice melt hasn’t made an impression on US electral parties.
This election cycle, the presidential candidates have ignored the issue of climate change all together. The candidates spoke about oil and gas policy in the third debate, but without voicing any concerns about the fact that fossil fuels produce greenhouse-gas emissions. Romney promoted “clean coal,” a product that nobody has ever heard of and doesn’t exist.
And new studies finds that only about half of Americans believe global warming is caused by human activity. 37% of Democrats believe global warming is the result primarily of human action, while only 14% of Republicans believe this. Conversely, 43% of Republicans believe global warming is the result of natural causes, up from 35% in 2010. Self-identified Tea Party members display still more certainty (49%) that global warming is caused by natural events.
Two days ago American tv channel PBS broadcasted Climate of Doubt, a worth while documentary that goes inside the organizations that fought the scientific establishment to shift the direction of the climate debate. Climate of Doubt describes the individuals and groups behind an organized effort to attack science by undermining scientists, and to unseat politicians who say they believe there is current climate change caused by human activity.
Watch the whole documentary here
Via: PBS, Bloomberg, Huffington Post