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Cass R. Sunstein

What Global Warming? Pass Me a Blanket

Whether they're Republicans or Democrats, men or women, young or old, people's concern for climate change varies with the weather.
Weather is not climate.

Weather is not climate.

Photographer: John Normile/Getty Images

“Global warming strikes America! Brrrr!” So tweeted Missouri Representative Vicky Hartzler last week, as much of the U.S. experienced extreme cold. (In Buffalo, it was a full Snowpocalypse.) Do frigid temperatures give you doubts about global warming?

You wouldn't be alone. When people think the day’s weather is exceptionally cold, research shows, they're less likely to be concerned about global warming. And when the day seems unusually hot, concern jumps.