After the warmest March on record in the United States, even more people are starting to connect the dots between climate change and this weird weather. A new poll was released today which, according the New York Times, “shows that a large majority of Americans believe that this year’s unusually warm winter, last year’s blistering summer and some other weather disasters were probably made worse by global warming.”
Here’s what the poll found: 69% of Americans believe that global warming is affecting the weather in the United States. A full 82% personally experienced extreme weather last year, and 35% were personally harmed by it.Deniers have a lot of money sitting around to push out the belief that “the science isn’t settled” or that “most people don’t believe it’s happening.” They want to create the illusion that there is a debate about whether climate change is real and making an impact on our lives today. But what they claim has nothing to do with reality.
There are a lot of controversial issues out there – gay marriage (45% for / 46% against); tax rates (48% too high / 45% about right); and even whether or not there should be a national college football championship. But climate change isn’t one of them. According to the poll, the vast majority of Americans understand that climate change is happening now.
On this issue, Americans understand the reality of climate change better than our leaders. It’s time for them to catch up to the rest of us.