The Effects Of Climate Change On The United States

981 WordsSep 26, 20164 Pages
Over 14 billion dollars have been spent on levees in New Orleans , yet hurricanes continue to cause damage. As storms continue to grow stronger, that figure will continue to rise. Though the destruction of climate change can be seen globally with storms, wildfires, and oil depletion, Popular support for environmental movements and policies is minimal. The numbers needed to make a difference are not there. From 2008 to 2010, the number of Americans who believed in climate change dropped to 57%. While shocking, there is an array of psychological reasons for the lack of support. Ordinary citizens are shying away from environmental efforts due to knowledge, perspective, and money. It is hard to image someone being unaware in a world with knowledge readily available at his or her fingertips. Sadly, the general populace tends to be ignorant of the realities of climate change. Most know, to some degree, that climate change is real, but many do not know the cause. Very few people are able to identify carbon dioxide emissions as the primary anthropogenic source of climate change. Dropping, the number of those who feel human activity is the source of the problems is only 47%. Not surprisingly, those that could identify the causes were more likely to support climate related policies . The other major issue is that people tend to be misinformed. Knowing about climate change is good, but only if the sources are valid. News stations, for example, may not be a good source for the
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