From an Austin American-Statesman report on University of Texas “star climatologist” Camille Parmesan:
In Europe, everybody accepts that climate change is real, she says, and the discussion can begin with its effects and what to do about it. In the U.S., she has to spend a lot of time presenting data proving that climates are changing.
“What’s difficult for me is when people are convinced they know what’s happening, and they are totally wrong,” she says. “What I think is so harmful about what some politicians are doing is that people do look up to them. There’s a group of politicians who are virulently anti-science. I don’t know why the U.S. is that way, and it’s only in the U.S. — and a lot of Islamic nations.” That, she says, is why England is a breath of fresh air.
“I do love Austin, and I am a native Texan,” she says. “But you get tired of fighting.”