Discord between climate change and politics is the topic of Old Dominion University’s Glen Sussman’s recently published co-authored book “US Politics & Climate Change: Science Confronts Policy.”
Sussman and co-author Byron W. Daynes, a political science professor at Brigham Young University, confront the political deadlock concerning bipartisan response to climate change over the last twenty years and “explore the prospects for effective policy making in the future,” according to a description of the book.
“Ninety-eight percent of Americans think that climate change is an issue in the United States and think something should be done about it, but the media presents the issue as a fifty-fifty issue, even though in reality the issue is ninety-eight-two,” Sussman said.
He said the methodology of how legislators get their facts is flawed, suggesting corporate funding yields results only corporations are interested in.
“When big oil is funding your research, big oil will get the results that it is looking for,” he said.
Sussman also felt that issues that affect citizens’ pockets catch their attention more than the environment.
“I think when you talk about the economy and things that directly affect people on a daily basis, that will obviously take the front seat in their mind instead of something like the environment that affects the long term,” Sussman said.
Climate change is something Sussman believes ODU students should care about, but understands the full plate that many Old Dominion students have.
“There will always be a struggle between schoolwork, home life, and work, but students should also think about the future that they are inheriting,” Sussman said.
Sussman has been a professor at Old Dominion University since 1992 and also served as the chair of his department for a number of years.