A new survey finds only 2 percent of Canadians doubt climate change is happening.
Most respondents said humans are at least partially responsible for climate change, though a majority partially blame natural causes too, according to the Insightrix Research online survey.
The Globe and Mail writes:
Almost one-third — 32 per cent — said they believe climate change is happening because of human activity, while 54 per cent said they believe it’s because of human activity and partially due to natural climate variation. Nine per cent believe climate change is occurring due to natural climate variation. Two per cent said they don’t believe climate change is occurring at all.
That number is striking because of the politicized debate in the U.S. A large majority of Americans also say climate change is occurring (70 percent), but the rate of denial is certainly stronger, at 16 percent, according to a recent poll.
But in the Republican party, climate denial runs rampant, even reaching the presidential ticket. A National Journal survey of 65 GOP lawmakers found 13 climate deniers, 21 who said the science “isn’t conclusive,” and only five who would admit a significant amount of climate change is due to human activity. The wave of climate deniers in Congress has grown in tandem with the oil industry’s spending in politics.
Canada has a somewhat different story. In an Alberta election this spring, one candidate who said the science isn’t settled “found herself booed roundly at a late-stage leaders debate over the issue.” The position possibly played a major role in her loss.
In the U.S., many politicians — particularly President Obama — fail to talk about climate change. But studies show that politicians shouldn’t avoid the topic: A George Mason survey found more than two-thirds of independent voters lean toward climate action, and a majority would consider a candidate’s position on the issue.