Speaking to a crowd in Philadelphia yesterday, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R) suddenly changed his position on whether humans contribute to climate change, insisting that “we don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet.”
He added that “the idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to try to reduce CO2 emissions is not the right course for us.”
In spite of all the efforts to drive down the public’s belief that climate change is real, a recent survey by the Public Religion Research Institute found that 64 percent of respondents believed climate change is happening and humans contribute to it, while just 26 percent said they did not believe it was happening at all.
And strikingly, only 40 percent of the public said that scientists agree on the reality of human-driven climate change, when a scientific survey in June 2010 found that 97 percent of climate scientists say it is “very likely” that human activity is causing a shift in global temperatures and weather.
Not only does this mean there is a compelling need for the U.S. to take actions against climate change, it also means the U.S. must adopt a national energy strategy that amplifies green technology production, or face being priced out of the future market — not to mention growing pollution intensifying the severity of climate change and ever-climbing rates of inclement health effects on the public.
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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