Why Seeing Is Believing – Usually – When It Comes to Climate Change
Political leaders havenâ€™t moved on global warming because theyâ€™re not feeling widespread public pressure to do so. And the public isnâ€™t putting that pressure on their leaders in part because many people still donâ€™t believe that climate change is a real, or all that dangerous. The vast, vast majority of climate scientists know that global warming is real, and that manmade carbon emissions are a main driverâ€”but a recent survey found that just 66% of Americans understand that global warming is happening, and nearly half of those are either â€œsomewhat sureâ€ or â€œnot sure at all.â€ Only a third of Americans believe that they or their families will be harmed by global warming. So hereâ€™s the real question: why arenâ€™t the American people listening to what the scientists are trying to tell them?