Given the fact that Americans experience snowstorms that can sometimes make snows to pile up as high as 7 feet on the streets and atop residential houses, and sometimes burying parked cars, many Americans find it difficult to believe that global warming and climate change is actually fast approaching…indeed here with us.
People in upstate New York experienced enduring snow blizzard early November, and this natural phenomenon among others make people to doubt the claims that climate change could be real in any manner – however, given the fact that sudden spring-like temperatures made the 7 feet snow to turn slush is indicative of the climbing threat of global change.
As in other climes, Americans are hesitant to believe that the earth is edging toward climate change occasioned by greenhouse emissions and industrial gases that threaten the ozone layers. According to Aaron McCright of the Michigan State University, “there’s really little to no evidence of that (in the US); he said people do not believe that climate change is underway and caused by man, and that it constitutes an immediate threat to everyone whether individual perceptions agree to this or not.
But then a doctoral student at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, Troy Campbell, is relating the fact that people’s perception of the threats of global change with political ideologies and how it determines policy changes in the polity. According to him, “People often say that we disagree about the facts, so that leads us to disagree about the solutions. But what’s actually happening is that people are disagreeing about the solutions, so we can never really have a good discussion of the facts. That’s a tragic story.”
And McCright adds that “It’s something that we see a lot,” he said of Campbell’s submission. “Whether you call it confirmation bias or motivated cognition, it is a pretty robust finding across many different studies.”
Outlined in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s fourth report of 2007, the scientific consensus on climate underlines the fact that the warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice and rising global average sea level.