OP-ED: Why it matters that you ‘believe in’ climate change

By Devin Thorpe

First Published Jun 26 2017, Salt Lake Tribune

A surprising 7 percent of adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows. (I am not making this up.)

An acknowledged 6 percent of adults believe the Apollo moon landings were a hoax.

A shocking one third of people who have heard of the Holocaust believe it was a hoax or at least exaggerated.

Most disturbingly, 55 percent of Utahns and 52 percent of Americans believe either that climate change is a hoax or that humans do not meaningfully contribute to it.

NASA is among those reporting that 97 percent of scientists who study climate change and believe that it is both occurring and is due largely to human activities, principally from our use of CO2 emitting fossil fuels. Peer-reviewed studies have repeatedly concluded that this estimate, 97 percent, is meaningfully correct. Climate change is not a hoax.

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