'"Anti-intellectualism' has always been a character of the American political and cultural discourse ... at various times more or less vocal and/or influential. It can be offered that from the launch of Sputnik through the advent of personal computers that respect for science, technology and intellectual exploration was well accepted in everyday life in the nation. Notably, however, the rise in disdain for the results of scientific endeavors and what they mean began during the Reagan years (remember James Watt and the rise of the 'Christian right') and has proceeded apace as economic stress grow for the working/middle class.
To our great damage ... debating climate change, casting aspersions upon scientific outcomes, charging that 'leftwing' politics determines what science does, etc., have seriously diverted us from addressing difficult problems.
We are now confronted with this news:
An instrument near the summit of Mauna Loa in Hawaii has recorded a long-awaited climate milestone: the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere there has exceeded 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in 55 years of measurement—and probably more than 3 million years of Earth history.The climate change deniers already move to dismiss the results (and their sneers are appropriately sneered at ... with science): Friday levity: More CO2 will be better. Also, meth is good for you.; Scientific American/Ashutosh Jogalekar-May 10, 2013.
(National Geographic-May 9, 2013)
In the final analysis, no matter how much money the Koch brothers or certain oil-energy corporations direct into political 'denier' committees and no matter how ofter Fox 'News' catapults the propaganda that climate science it just a communist plot, the truth and the facts are the reality that human beings on this planet will have to live with.
First, a link to a simple, direct and easily comprehensible article that takes the climate change deniers on: