One way or another, climate change is happening and it has recently received a large degree of media attention due to the fact it is being heated by denial that it is actually real. In a recent couple of episodes of Moyers & Company, during an interview between Bill Moyers and astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, it was revealed that a startling number of Americans still deny that climate change and evolution are scientific fact and claim them both to be myths.
In one of the video clips they show, Paul Broun a radical right-wing Republican calls evolution a lie “straight from the pit of hell” and goes on to make further statements that global warming is one of the greatest hoaxes that the scientific community has ever developed. In fact, he actually counters his own argument by saying that “scientists say global warming is a hoax” right before telling his audience that it was the scientific community who came though up global warming in the first place.
The fact that Brouns words were met with applause was worrisome but what is truly terrifying is that this man is currently the Chairman of Oversight Investigations for the Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
Brouns beliefs and political agenda being put aside, the information from the report does play directly into an even more troublesome fact. That climate change, a very real phenomenon, which should have time and effort going into fixing it is instead having time wasted and spent by combatting heated denials that it is actually real and worth investing any time and effort into at all. In fact, since April 2013 the number of Americans who do not believe global warming is happening has increased from 16 to 23 percent. The survey was conducted with a sample size of 830 Americans and a margin of error with plus or minus three percent.
Where Is All of This Disbelief Coming From?
Outside of religious based propaganda, plenty of climate change fueled denial comes from companies like Koch Industries and ExxonMobil and other oil industry giants that have funneled millions of dollars into underground sources. Dr. Robert J. Brulle who conducted a large study on the matter concluded that roughly 75 percent of the money is essentially, untraceable as it has been put into shady tax-exempt groups and conservative foundations. The degree of climate change denial that exists today is a testament to the success of these CEOs who are more interested in protecting their pockets than the environment. The video below exemplifies how this funding and denial process works.
For that matter, it may also very well be why men like Stanley Meyer who supposedly invented a water-powered car never made much progress. Shortly after creating his invention, Meyer was under investigation by investors, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Defense and then died in 1998 after eating at a restaurant. It is believed that Meyers was poisoned.
President Obama has made it clear that it is his full intention to make tackling climate change a priority. In his words:
I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that’s beyond fixing.
While the President’s words are certainly noble, climate change deniers make Obama’s job significantly harder than it should have to be. Without the naysayers and their heated words, Obama could more efficiently pave the way for renewable energy, buy greener, and continue to fight coal pollution and a lot more efficiently. With the things being as they are today, having the public’s support is necessary. By that standard, solutions will hopefully be able to be implemented and Earth may not be condemned beyond repair because of denial just yet.
By Jonathan Holowka