Political news in the US has been abuzz this week, with an increasing number of commentators claiming that climate change is a real problem.
The idea that we are facing a crisis that is being exacerbated by human activity is often repeated by the media, which is often reluctant to make clear that it is concerned about climate science and not politics.
This article seeks to examine the evidence, and then to identify the sources of misinformation, to show why climate change has become a significant source of political commentary in the United States.
A quick glance at news coverage of the Paris Climate talks shows that the media have repeatedly taken a stance that there is a problem and is working to solve it, while not mentioning that it might be worse than previously thought.
The Guardian recently wrote that the “climate crisis is not as serious as we thought”, and that there are a number of countries that have made promises to cut greenhouse gas emissions, but that the US and other developed countries have not.
In the US, the Atlantic Council, a conservative think tank, published a report on Friday saying that the world’s developed nations are on track to exceed their climate targets by 2050, a statement that seems to be echoed by the US Department of Energy and other agencies.
The Atlantic Council report, which relied on the most recent data from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), found that the average temperature rise in the past few decades has been 0.8C, which would put it well below the threshold of 2C that scientists have said is the threshold for dangerous climate change.
The report did not, however, provide any evidence to support this conclusion, as there is no data on the level of warming at the surface of the planet.
It did, however have data on CO2 emissions, which show that there has been a substantial increase over the past 30 years.
The United Nations has said that the global temperature has risen by 0.7C since the mid-19th century, with the US showing the biggest increase in temperatures, at 1.8%.
The US has also shown the fastest growth in CO2 concentration, at over 300 parts per million (ppm), which is much higher than other developed nations.
According to the National Academy of Sciences, CO2 levels have increased by more than 500 ppm in the last 50 years, and the average global temperature is now at 1,700 degrees Fahrenheit (750 degrees Celsius), higher than at any time since the Industrial Revolution.
The climate crisis has been the focus of a number different political campaigns, with one of the most influential is the Republican Party’s presidential bid, which has repeatedly invoked the Paris climate agreement.
The 2016 Republican Party platform said that climate “is a defining issue of our time”.
But this was not the case in 2016.
On the campaign trail, Trump often referenced the Paris agreement.
On November 8, 2016, Trump called the agreement “one of the great accomplishments of our nation”, adding that he was “absolutely confident” that the United Kingdom would join the pact.
But Trump’s campaign did not follow through on his promise to join the Paris accord, and Trump did not sign the Paris Agreement.
A few days later, Trump tweeted that “climate change is real”, adding, “We need a CO2 tax, we have to take it out”.
But the Trump administration has not actually announced any action on climate change, and in fact the White House has announced a “decision to pause” the EPA’s efforts to develop regulations that would curb emissions.
A week later, a spokesperson for the Department of Interior said that “the decision to pause EPA’s Clean Power Plan was based on a thorough review of the science and economic impact of CO2, which included consideration of the effects of carbon dioxide on human health and the environment”.
But there is little evidence to suggest that the decision to halt the EPA was based in any way on the science or economic impact.
In fact, there has already been a decision to limit emissions from coal power plants.
And on November 10, President Donald Trump said that he wanted to “take out” the Paris deal.
“I am very confident that we can have a better deal with China than we have with the Europeans,” he said, adding that the Paris pact had made “huge economic and environmental gains” for the US.
“But we cannot allow ourselves to be dragged down by the Paris agreements.”
However, even if the Trump Administration is not formally announcing any plans to halt climate change policy, the Trump campaign and the White Houses position on climate has changed in recent months.
Earlier this month, Trump said: “I want to be totally focused on the economy.
And we’re not going to do any climate change.”
On December 1, the day after the election, Trump also said that if he won, he would “not allow the Paris Accord to take effect”, a comment that was immediately condemned by climate activists.
The following day, he tweeted: