Americans are not noted for believing in science, says a Canadian climatologist.
Petti Fong warns in the Toronto Star:
… Scientists say [the Heartland kerfuffle] is a frightening sign that much of the public remains skeptical about global warming.
“There are forces at work,” said Nina Fedoroff, president of the AAAS. “The polling data show that the fraction of citizens who believe that climate change is real has declined since 2006. Even as the scientific consensus has increased, the belief in it has declined”…
The belief in science has declined in very specific areas, Leshner said: research regarding genetically modified organisms, climate change and evolution.
“The American public, somewhat depressingly, is not noted for its beliefs in some scientific theories of findings,” he said.
University of Victoria climatologist Andrew Weaver said scientists can’t be blamed for not doing a better job of communicating their findings.
“One one hand there are a bunch of disconnected individuals publishing science,” he said. “And on the other hand there is a very coordinated effort from so-called not-for-profits and public relations firms trying effectively to undermine the science.”