A Map of Emerging Ecozoic Awareness in the United States? The geography of American climate confusion: a visual guide

Editor’s Note: What I see in these five maps in the linked article is nascent consciousness about where we need to be going. I thought Map 5 (strong red color, second one below) was most provocative in that it shows that a majority of the nation knows there are better sources of energy than what most of us rely upon now. We know the direction we should be heading for our energy sources. Map 1 is also heartening (strong golden color, first one below):”Climate change is real”. This is why I ask in the headline is this “a map of emerging Ecozoic awareness in the US”? ~ AK

Most Americans — in nearly every county across the United States– understand the world is warming, according to Yale University research released in February 2017.

Vast majorities in every state support renewable energy research and development spending, according to the Yale research.


The geography of American climate confusion: a visual guide
By John D. Sutter – CNN.com – Updated 8:53 AM ET, Tue February 28, 2017


Climate change may seem like a complicated issue, but it’s actually simple if you understand five key facts, according to Edward Maibach, director of the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University.

They are: 1. It’s real. 2. It’s us. 3. Scientists agree. 4. It’s bad. And: 5. There’s hope.

Yet, far too few Americans get it.

That became more painfully apparent to me this week when Yale University researchers released data and maps that detail American attitudes on climate change. The data, which are based on surveys and modeling by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, do show there is broad agreement in the American public on the solutions needed to fight climate change and usher in the clean-energy era. The most striking example: majorities of people in every single congressional district support setting strict limits on carbon dioxide pollution from existing coal-fired power plants, according to the research. And this despite the fact that many Republicans and US President Donald Trump say they want to ax an Obama-era regulation — the Clean Power Plan — that aims to do just that.

Still, there remain big pockets of climate confusion — perhaps denial — across the country, especially when it comes to climate science. Narrowing this info gap is particularly critical now since President Trump has denied the science of climate change and has promised to enact policies that can be expected to dirty the air and intensify warming.

To that end, here is a geographic look at five key climate facts.

Explore more of this data on the website for the Yale Climate Opinion Maps.

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