Is Climate Change Real? Here's Why Some Americans Still Have Doubts

April 10, 2015 6:58 PM

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Is Climate Change Real? Here's Why Some Americans Still Have Doubts

Wendy Billiot isn’t sure how she feels about global warming. She knows local scientists say rising sea levels will eventually sink her community in coastal Louisiana, but to her the biggest problem is here and now. Seated at her kitchen table, she smooths a laminated map of Terrebonne Parish and points to wetlands that are rapidly disappearing, the result of decades of dredging by oil and gas companies and ill-conceived levees along riverbanks.

“Sea level rise is a hard sell here. People down here don’t want to hear about global warming,” she explains. “They’re not sure they believe in it. And I’m not even sure where I stand on it, to be honest. What I see with my eyes is the water coming in because of wetland loss. I’ve watched it deterio...

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