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Is climate denial in the United States finally, slowly, turning toward acceptance?

Polls Suggest that US Climate Denial is Dying

Over the course of recent years, polls that examine American attitudes on global warming suggest that climate denial may be dying. It would appear that Americans have gone through the five stages in what has been called the cycle of climate acceptance.  This is an adaptation of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’ seminal work, “On Death and Dying.” The first step is denial, followed by anger, depression, bargaining and finally…

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Human Anti-intellectualism will leave a parched earth for our progeny

Opposition to Science Invites a Climate Catastrophe

Our efforts must be informed by science if we are to seriously address the threat of climate change. However, there are a significant number of people, corporations and governments that are resistant to scientific discourse. Science is at the heart of environmentalism. On a wide range of issues, it is the work of scientists that has brought important issues to…

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Doctors recommend cigarettes even as the science exposes the health risks of smoking cigarettes

Merchants of Doubt: Sowing the (Tobacco) Seeds of Denial

Climate change and the war of communication From the introduction of snow balls on the floor of the Senate as “scientific evidence” that global warming isn’t happening to smear campaigns aimed at actual climate scientists, the real battle over climate change is one of narrative, not science. “The one thing we’ve learned,”says Robert Kenner, director of the upcoming documentary Merchants of Doubt, “is…

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Lamar Smith is a leading congressional climate denier

EarthTalk: Who is Still in Denial about Climate Change?

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Are there still outspoken global warming deniers in Congress or the mainstream media? If so, what do they say when presented with scientific facts and anecdotal evidence pointing to an increasingly warming atmosphere? – Ben Charles, Cary, NC Given the…

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Climate Reality or Climate Denial: Which Makes More Sense?

We spotted this poster image from Occupy Posters asking the question Which makes more sense?  Climate denial clings hard and fast to the notion of a grand conspiracy of environmentalists and virtually all of the world’s climate scientists to fool everyone else into believing the global warming is real. But does that really seem like the most plausible scenario in a world…

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Maintaining hope in the face of an onslaught of money and denial in the 2014 midterm elections

Searching for Hope in the Wake of the Midterm Climate Fiasco

For all those who support climate action, it is hard to find a reason to hope in the wake of the 2014 midterms. The fact that most of the new slate of Republicans deny the scientific consensus on climate change and support fossil fuels warrants our despair. President Obama cautions us to avoid cynicism. As Obama said in a recent…

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Leave climate change deniers to the lunatic fringe

U.S. Climate Denial Will Not Die Quietly

Those engaged in efforts to enlighten climate deniers can learn a great deal from the long history of the anti-evolution movement. Almost one hundred years ago this month, a young high school teacher by the name of John Thomas Scopes went on trial for teaching Darwinian evolution. To this day, the science of evolution has been under siege. Climate denial is like resistance to evolution in that it is an irrational…

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