Most Americans don't understand climate change, a Yale study has shown... It "found important gaps in
knowledge and common misconceptions about climate change and the earth system. These misconceptions lead some people to doubt that global warming is happening or that human activities are a major contributor, to misunderstand the causes and therefore the solutions, and to be unaware of risks," the report said.Half of Americans recognize that global warming is a result of human actions... Not many Americans would make the grade if tested on climate change. Just 8 percent know enough to score an A or a B, 40 percent would make a C or D, and 52 percent would fail.
And the answer to some of the deliberate deception might be that the media should do its job properly instead of being internalizing the sceptics' conspiracy-laden worldview, by not playing along with their agenda, by carefully explaining scientific results to avoid the inevitable contrarian wilful misinterpretations.The answer is that ideology trumps rationality. Most conservatives cannot abide the solution to global warming-strong government regulations and a government-led effort to accelerate clean energy technologies into the market.