The United States of Denial

Infographic: The states that send the most climate deniers to Washington.

January 24, 2015

Don’t be fooled by Wednesday’s 98-1 vote in the Senate that “climate change is real and not a hoax”—we still have plenty of science-denying politicians in office. Really!? Really...and this handy map by ThinkProgress shows which states are responsible for sending these ostriches—ahem, members of the 114th Congress—to Washington.

An analysis by the Center for American Progress, a public policy think tank, found that 53 percent of Republicans in the House and 70 percent in the Senate deny humanity’s role in climate change. (As the map shows, deniers also tend to receive a pretty penny from the fossil fuel industry.) To quote astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, “The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.” Take note, America.

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