A Congress In Denial

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Tiffany Germain, Ryan Koronowski, and Jeff Spross pass along the results of a recent study on climate change skeptics in Congress:

Despite the overwhelming scientific consensus and high costs to taxpayers, there are still elected officials in Congress who refuse to accept that climate change is happening. Almost 70 percent — 125 members — of the current Republican caucus in the House of Representatives deny the basic tenets of climate science. 65 percent (30 members) of the Senate Republican caucus also deny climate change. What this means is that they have made public statements indicating that they question or reject that climate change is real, is happening, and is caused by human consumption of fossil fuels.

This refusal to accept overwhelming scientific evidence is not just a symptom of the rank-and-file backbenchers. Members of GOP leadership and the committees that make critical decisions on national energy policy and air pollution have even higher concentrations.

See Think Progress’ fully interactive map here.

(Image: Via Think Progress, the proportion of each state’s congressional delegation that deny the link between human activity and climate change)