Why do we deny climate change?

Do you believe man is contributing to climate change? If you think no, have you realized you are part of a very small group?

The vast majority of the world’s people believe climate change is happening and man is a contributor to it.

» G20 countries: 19 Yes 1 No (U.S. is the only no)

» Paris Climate Accord countries and the E.U.: 195 Yes 1 No (U.S. is the only no)

» UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change members: 192 Yes 4 No (U.S., Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, all oil producers)

» Climate scientists: 97 percent Yes, 3 percent No

» Current U.S. polling: 70 percent believe in climate change; 57 percent believe man contributes

The Fourth National Climate Assessment, which is the work of 13 U.S. federal agencies and more than 350 scientists, conclude the Earth is warming faster than at any time in human history, and we’re the ones causing it. Climate change is already affecting people, and the more carbon we produce, the more dangerous the impacts in the coming years.

What evidence do deniers use to support their position? Is the evidence solid, or is it what Anchorage Daily News cites as myths, such as: The climate has changed before. It’s just a natural cycle; or climate scientists are split on whether it’s real; and it’s cold outside, so global warming can’t be real. That’s weather, not climate.

Answer this question: Why not believe in the conclusions of so many people and science professionals? The evidence that climate change is happening and man can make changes to mitigate the impact is so overwhelming, all people should insist that U.S. leadership do so. Only our lives, the lives of our progeny and the world depend on it.

James Knupp

Hartfield

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