As more and more evidence is provided that shows climate change is a very real threat to our environment and creatures within those environments, we must admit, we’re still puzzled as to why there has been such a strong resistance to change. Evidence such this page from NASA seem to paint a very clear, irrefutable image of what is taking place on our planet. However, the Economist says 42 percent still don’t see climate change as a serious problem.
Much of the same argument is made in the article that we’ve seen before; citizens are distrustful of a topic so polarizing in government, the cost to make sweeping changes are too much for the US, especially as we’re still not fully recovered from the latest economic depression and how can we believe evidence that could be created by scientists out to push their own (or certain political) agendas. Unfortunately it’s going to take some time before the US as a whole sees eye to eye with this matter and by then it may be too late.
Other factors listed move away from the same tired reasoning why Americans don’t believe in global warming. Psychological thoughts about denying a problem to terrible to comprehend border on childish, while the metaphysical can take a strong hold of many whom firmly believe that their God wouldn’t let a disaster take place. Isn’t that what everyone said to Noah?
There won’t be a clear answer to why climate change isn’t taking off the way we feel it should but at least what’s written now is less about the problems and slowly turning to how to find a solution. In the Economist piece, a proposed way to satisfy both economic and psychological concerns was to link the debate for climate change and renewable energy into one. Marrying interests of two different groups would allow America to shine as a progressive nation with regard to climate change when it’s clear we’re being lapped by other countries mostly because of in-fighting.