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posted on 23 April 2017

What Americans Think About Climate Change


-- this post authored by Niall McCarthy

Late last week, the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency dismissed carbon dioxide emissions as being a primary cause of global warming.

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Speaking to CNBC, Scott Pruitt said:

“I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see."

He went on to say "but we don't know that yet...we need to continue the debate and continue the review and the analysis".

That statement put Pruitt at odds with the agency he leads and it was widely condemned by scientists and environmental activists. The EPA's homepage cites carbon dioxide as the primary greenhouse gas contributing to climate change, a view backed by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

But more than half of Americans believe human activcity is not the cause of climate change.

According to Pew Research, however, some Americans do agree with Pruitt's view. They found that 48 percent of people in the U.S. believe climate change is due to human activity, 31 percent attribute it to natural causes and 20 percent say there is no evidence to support it.

This chart shows the % of U.S. adults who say the following about global change (2016).

Infographic: What Americans Think About Climate Change | Statista You will find more statistics at Statista.

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