Few Americans Believe Human Activity Causes Climate Change
The headline of a CNS News today says that according to Pew Research Center polling, "only 27% of Americans believe there is consensus that human activity causes climate change."
Here's the story, according to CNS News' Matthew Hrozencik:
"A recent survey by the non-partisan Pew Research Center found that a large majority of Americans are skeptical about the prevailing scientific understanding of climate change, with only 27 percent saying they believe there is a consensus that human activity is its main cause.
"That belief is at odds with the scientific community, Pew noted, citing a 2013 report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that concluded “with 95% certainty that human activity is the dominant cause of observed warming since the mid-20th century.”
"The Pew survey was conducted between May 10 and June 6 as a part of an examination of public attitudes about scientific research related to climate change and genetically modified foods.
"The survey found that only 28% of Americans surveyed believe that climate scientists understand the causes of climate change “very well’- compared to 32% who said that scientists had a "not at all well" understanding of the causes of climate change.
"It also suggested that despite their skepticism over the cause of climate change, Americans still tend to trust information on it provided by climate scientists over other sources, including the energy industry, the news media, and elected officials.
"Pew reported that 39% of those surveyed said that they trust climate scientists “a lot to give full and accurate information”, while only 7% answered that they trust energy industry leaders and the news media to do so.
"Only 4% of survey respondents said they trusted elected officials to provide accurate information on climate change.
"The study also found a deep divide between conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats, with 54% of liberal Democrats saying they believe that climate scientists understand the causes of climate change “very well” - a view supported by only 11% of conservative Republicans.
"Moderate- to- liberal Republicans and moderate- to- conservative Democrats fell somewhere in between that wide 43% gap."
According to the study, "Recent Pew Research Center studies have examined in depth what the public thinks about scientists and their research related to climate change and GM foods. These surveys found that public views of scientific experts in these two areas spring from different factors: When people think about climate scientists, their views are strongly divided by politics. When they think about scientists dealing with GM foods, their views are more closely tied to their level of science knowledge than to their politics." (emphasis added)
Is this just another instance of the divide between the political elite and hoi polloi? After all, it's the political elite who like to trot out the mantra there is 97% consensus in climate change among climate scientists. Interestingly, as the Pew study showed, only 4% of the public trust climate change information that comes from elected officials.
Do your representatives in Congress know your position on anthropogenic global warming -- aka climate change? It's worth asking since their positions may be much different than yours. According to this April 1, 2016 press release, Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined an "amicus brief in support of President Obama's clean power plan." And in this July 29, 2015 press release, Rep. Don Beyer issued a "call for action to address national security threats from climate change." For those not living in Arlington County, contact information is available at the Library of Congress' Congress.gov. Taxpayers living in Virginia's Arlington County can contact their members of Congress by just clicking-on the embedded link:
- Senator Mark Warner (D) -- write to him or call (202) 224-2023
- Senator Tim Kaine (D) -- write to him or call (202) 224-4024
- Representative Don Beyer (D) -- write to him or call (202) 225-4376
Ask for a written response. And tell them ACTA sent you.