Less Than Half of Americans Believe Climate Change is Man-Made
The Yale Project of Climate Change Communication regularly surveys Americans on their attitudes toward climate change. What they have found is that while the majority of Americans believe the climate is changing, less than half the country believes that human activities are responsible. Those areas where a majority do believe it’s human activities are concentrated on the East and West Coasts and even there the majorities are less than 60 percent, as illustrated on the graph. Among other findings are: Even fewer Americans believe there is a consensus among climate scientists; fewer than half believe that climate change is hurting the U.S. right now; and about 60 percent believe it will hurt the country in future generations. Large majorities favor renewable energy and limiting carbon emissions but few support a carbon tax, even if the money is refunded through other tax reductions.