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Americans Who Mistrust Climate Scientists Take Cues from Global Temperatures

Percent of Americans who believe in global warming based on their trust in climate scientists. Americans who mistrust climate scientists (green line) seem to base their views on climate change on the previous year’s average world temperature record. Graphic was updated June 8, 2014 to fix an error. Image Credit: Jen Christiansen and Annie Sneed. Source: The Stanford National Global Warming Poll

The White House obviously accepts the science behind human-caused climate change, as was made clear again this week by its announcement of plans to cut carbon emissions from U.S. power plants 30 percent from 2005 levels by the year 2030. Some Americans remain skeptical—but they’re in the minority. As The New York Times reports, most [...]

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If the 50 dirtiest US power plants were a country, it would be the world’s seventh-largest polluter

Fayette Power Plant, a coal-fired generator located southeast of Austin, TX. Photo: LCRA

That’s one takeaway from a new ranking of power plants released by Environment America. The list comes ahead of next week’s expected carbon pollution limits on new plants, to be proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. There are over 6,000 power plants in the United States, but a majority of the carbon pollution comes [...]

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