Evans Authors: Ann Bostrom

Prior research demonstrates widespread persistence of beliefs about climate change, including believing that “environmental problems” such as pollution and ozone depletion causes climate change, and that natural climate variation significantly contributes to current climate trends, have the potential to weaken or divert support away from effective climate change risk mitigation policies. This paper explores the nature and prevalence of these beliefs in the United States and whether they explain any of the variation in individuals’ concern or support for policy to mitigate climate change.