Nov 2, 2012

Come in Spinner: Americans unconvinced by climate dogma

Despite the well-funded groups in the United States that push climate sceptic propaganda, more Americans than ever believe in climate change and its links to extreme weather.

Noel Turnbull

Adjunct professor of media and communications at RMIT University.

It is useful to be reminded from time to time that the “know nothings” in the US are still a minority and that even the most lavishly financed industry public relations programs can fail.

This month the Centre for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University and the Yale Project in Climate Change released a report on US attitudes to climate change. Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes found that American’s belief in the reality of global warming had increased by 13% over the past two and half years, from 57% in January 2010 to 70% in September 2012. For the first time since 2008 more than half of Americans (54%) believe global warming is caused mostly by human activities, an increase of 8% since March 2012. About 40% of US citizens believe people around the world are being harmed by global warming and a slightly smaller percentage thinks it is currently harming Americans themselves. Worry levels about climate change are the highest since November 2008.

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One thought on “Come in Spinner: Americans unconvinced by climate dogma

  1. Scott Grant

    So, the wealthy denialist propagandists have been successful in convincing people that climate change is not yet urgent, and other issues take precedence. This is the way the world ends . . .

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