Why Doesn't Scientific Consensus Around Climate Change Translate into Political Action?
Why Doesn't Scientific Consensus Around Climate Change Translate into Political Action? POLS 1500
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Date Created: 12/08/15
Tuesday December 1 2015 Why Doesn39t Scientific Consensus Around Climate Change Translate into Political Action What Kinds of Changes Might We Expect US Hotter more flooddrought lower water levels more pests Understanding of Global Warming Scientists generally all agree that global warming is happening Citizens however have a much lower acceptance of global warming GLOBAL WARMING 39n emtewr quot55 max 97 2mmquot M hum NO 3 m 0QQQ quott39 o n o Q n a a L 1quotquot oO Ooo o w x xaquot ano I Iv a 39 I393939x39cmrinns Thur Iubul Il39umn39ng Will K39Lrmusly 39l39hru irin nc39s ll39uy nsz 39 by Age Group 18 tn 29 30 to 9 50 to 0 65 years years years ycarx V quot3 39l i 339 Yrs will iquot 12 3quot 18 No will no 57 3quot 3 82 1 IJl h Il Jill I Tuesday December 1 2015 Climate change belief by country is generally smaller in countries that are not responsible for most of the 002 emissions in the world If you don t contaminate then you don t worry US and its Trust Issues US citizens trust the understanding of scientists but do not necessarily agree with their beliefs that global warming exist Definitely some citizen disconnect between what scientists believe and how they get their information Democracy and the Structure of Political Debate Democracy is a way that we decide what we care about It s not the decisions but the way we arrive to them US Campaigns waaaaay longer than in other countries There is a strong preference for debate The baseline understanding of American democracy Dedication to being fair and objective Sometimes though when things are fact this model creates a fair debate between the 99 vs the 1 00000 You cannot debate fact John Oliver on the subject httpswwwyoutubecomwatchvUkasCMerU he may be a bit partisan Tuesday December 1 2015 This Debate Problem is Unfortunately Common Tobacco Problems Scientists hired by Tobacco companies debated against health problems Of course they were completely wrong We gave equal time to both parties even though there was overwhelming fact for one side Framing Climate Change Basic 4 Arguments 2 Against 2 For A Environmentalists Will Take Our Freedoms Forcing people to believe a position Ex Al Gore becoming a cult leader in global warming A We Can t Be Certain and it costs too much We don t completely understand it but we re freaking out about it anyways No need to worry or spend so much money on a natural climate change process F Don t Wait Until It s Too Late We can t not do anything about it It might be too late if the effects are catastrophic F Big Business vs Science Businesses have a lot of influence as they do not want their companies to get in trouble NONE OF THESE ARGUMENTS SIGNIF Y THE SCIENTIFIC AREA OF GLOBAL WARMING ONLY THE POLITICAL ASPECT It s still happening no matter what anyone thinks Tuesday December 1 2015 Other Issues With US Politics ls Science Really Just Politics 70 of Americans believe that at least some scientists falsify their facts Scientific method more complex than what we have learned before There is more than one scientific methods but the all boil down to the fact that you can t prove something true with science 100 A good scientific conclusion comes from all the gathered data If we get data that does not fit the conclusion then we just change the conclusion not the data Popper you can always prove something wrong but you can t ever prove something completely right Ex in 2011 some scientists found particles that could travel faster than the speed of light 5 months later they discovered that they made a mistake in the method which proved the claim wrong This is normal for science but for a common man This is major stuff man Helpful Criticism llann vs lchitrick Mckitrick denied the experimental papers of Mann on global warming not because he is a skeptic but because he wanted to make sure that all the information was correct What constitutes as fraud in Academic Research Often to present ideas and incur debate scientists often use secondbest data
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