The question gets asked in polls constantly: "Do you believe in global warming?" People are required to give a yes or no answer and move on. The problem is that global climate change is happening and it is not something to "believe" in. Global climate change is happening, it is caused by humans, and more than 97% of climate scientists agree with this statement.
Last night on John Oliver's new HBO show "Last Week Tonight", John blew the argument of belief totally out of the water. He made the debate over belief in global warming "statistically representative", meaning that, with the help of Bill Nye, he brought in 96 other climate scientists to argue against the one skeptic. While it was certainly a great laugh, the sad part is that it is true. John Oliver's frustration was evident and understandable to anyone who listens to the science.
Now the question remains: Do we ignore the skeptics and move on with creating solutions to these tough issues? It is increasingly difficult to ignore skeptics when they appear to be in positions of power. Take Marco Rubio, Republican senator from Florida, who insists that humans are not the cause of global climate change. He represents a state that is quickly realizing the dire impacts of climate change. The sea level is rising and becoming a huge problem. This is a situation we clearly cannot ignore.