This story depressed me today. The truth is I think only a great deal of pain and suffering is going to wake up the American public, and by then it will be far too late for much remediation. The tens of millions of dollars spent by carbon energy interests to create confusion, the arguably treasonous activities of Fox News and the Theocratic Rightist agit-prop machine, and the ignorance and lack of interest in democracy of American voters is creating a situation in which it is becoming increasingly certain nothing significant is going to be done except at the local level where interested citizens can still have some impact.
Scientists, policymakers, and activists been holding out hope that an increase in extreme weather events might prompt Americans to embrace policies that curb greenhouse-gas emissions. They may be waiting a long time, a new study suggests.
Americans generally may be more ready to adapt to extreme weather and climate events, which are projected to become more frequent with global warming, than to curb greenhouse-gas emissions driving the long-term warming trend.
That is the implication of a new study exploring the relative influence that extreme events, a person’s spot on the political and ideological spectrum, as well as gender, age,…