Study finds growing doubt of climate change

The number of people in the United States who say they don't believe in global warming rose by 7 percent last year, a new study shows.

The data from Yale University and George Mason, compiled between March and December, found 23 percent of people don't think climate change is happening.

Out of those surveyed, a majority — 63 percent — said global warming is occurring, while 47 percent said human activities are to blame.


Of those who believe in climate change, 53 percent were "somewhat worried" about its impacts, compared to the 15 percent who said they were "very worried."

But fewer than half think global warming will harm them at all, though 65 percent believe it will harm future generations.

The report came out Thursday, the same day that President Obama's new climate regulations came under attack.

While top administration officials were questioned by Republican's about the soundness of the proposed carbon emissions rule for coal-fired power plants, Sen. Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBitter fight over Barrett fuels calls to nix filibuster, expand court Trump blasts Obama speech for Biden as 'fake' after Obama hits Trump's tax payments White House hoping for COVID-19 relief deal 'within weeks': spokeswoman MORE (R-Ky.) took to the Senate floor to assail the new regulation.

McConnell filed a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to force a vote that would stop the regulation in its tracks.

The rule would require new coal-fired power plants to include carbon capture systems to cut back on emissions — a crucial piece of Obama's climate agenda and second-term legacy.