The current state of American climate policy is one of denial in the face of indisputable scientific fact.
It should’t come as a surprise. In the era of “alternative facts” and “fake news,” why would Americans rally around science? Why would we care about truth? Why would we listen to evidence or experts? The current trend lines are playing out as to be expected. Of course, we deny climate change. Of course, we believe what we want because it’s easier. Of course, we will not think hard because thinking is for snobs. Anything that contradicts our economic or religious outlooks, best to hunker down, ignore, and pretend. It’s our hyper individualism after all. We do what we want, to hell with the consequences.