I was so shocked when I found out how few people knew this basic fact that I had to start a separate topic for it. I mean, I was floored.
First, let me just say that this is not a topic for discussion & debate. Let's just deal entirely with facts. What to do with those facts is a topic for discussion and debate, so please, let's not talk about that here. Let's just talk about this basic fact that 87% of Americans don't understand. If you want to discuss and debate, please start a topic in the appropriate forum to do so. I only want to make sure everyone knows this simple fact:
A recent annual report was issued by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication showing that only 13% of Americans correctly identified that over 90% of all climate scientists have concluded that human-caused global warming is happening. Since so few people got that right, I am willing to bet that more than a few Goodjers don't realize that either.
That is not good. This is an important topic, and a basic understanding of the facts is critical to moving forward with the debates and decisions needed and the votes you will want to cast and the leaders you will want to support to address the issue as you see best.
Again, this thread is not the place for debating how to deal with climate change. I am posting this because I want to make sure that everyone understands the fact that climate scientists overwhelmingly agree that human-caused global warming is happening.
To quote the NASA page: "Observations throughout the world make it clear that climate change is occurring, and rigorous scientific research demonstrates that the greenhouse gases emitted by human activities are the primary driver."
NASA is not some fly-by-night operation. That statement was issued in 2009 by 18 scientific organizations. Eight years ago, and still barely more than one in ten people in the USA know it.