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The Associated  Press is reporting that 4 out of 5 people now recognize the reality of climate change.

Notice I didn’t say “believe” in climate change. That’s because I won’t use that word with fact-based, scientific data.

Back to the AP story:

“Overall, 78 percent of those surveyed said they thought temperatures were rising and 80 percent called it a serious problem. That’s up slightly from 2009, when 75 percent thought global warming was occurring and just 73 percent thought it was a serious problem. …The biggest change in the polling is among people who trust scientists only a little or not at all. About 1 in 3 of the people surveyed fell into that category.

Within that highly skeptical group, 61 percent now say temperatures have been rising over the past 100 years. That’s a substantial increase from 2009, when the AP-GfK poll found that only 47 percent of those with little or no trust in scientists believed the world was getting warmer.”

Apparently, while some in this group won’t trust scientists, they do trust their own eyes:

One gentleman from Houston, said you can’t help but notice it.

“We use to have mild temperatures in the fall going into winter months. Now, we have summer temperatures going into winter,” Coffey said. “The whole Earth is getting warmer and when it gets warmer, the ice cap is going to melt and the ocean is going to rise.”

He also said that’s what he thinks is causing recent extreme weather.”

The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.9 points.

I say, welcome aboard, glad you all have joined the side of common sense.

— Linda J.