Friday, March 16, 2012

Republicans Deny Facts on Climate Change

As the rest of the world is coming to grips with some of the solutions to the difficult challenges posed by climate change, US Republicans are still denying the very existence of global warming.

According to a recent poll, the number of people in the US denying climate change has dropped to 26 percent, those who are left are are mostly intransigent Republicans.

The poll indicates that almost half (47 percent) of Republicans deny the evidence of global warming while four fifths (80 percent) of Democrats accept the facts.

Those who resist the truth about climate change tend to be very dogmatic in their views. This was revealed by the level of certainty each respondent associated with their answers.

The capacity of many Republicans to insulate themselves from the reality of global warming would be fascinating if it were not so detrimental to the passage of crucial energy and climate legislation.

To see the full report (pdf) from the Brookings Institution click here.

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