Keep That Global Warming Discourse Pleasant, Please

John Shimkus, the Illinois Congressman currently angling to lead the House energy committee, says he’s not worried about climate change. It’s all there in the Bible: Following the Book of Genesis’ epic flood, Shimkus says, God promises Noah that he won’t destroy Earth again. And according to a Gallup poll conducted earlier this year, 48 percent of Americans believe global warming concerns are exaggerated, compared to only 31 percent in 1997. Now, two UC Berkeley researchers think they just might have an answer as to why Americans in general aren’t taking well to a growing body of scientific evidence regarding the existence and severity of global warming.

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