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It's too cold: Half of millennials blame cold on climate change

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The push to convince the nation that traditional weather patterns have been upended by global warming, a theme in President Obama's Inaugural Address, has won over younger Americans, half of whom now blame this winter's storms on climate change, according to a new poll.

Some 50 percent of Americans aged 18-34, the so-called millennials, told a new YouGov.com poll that the snow and cold are caused by global warming.

Older Americans weren’t as quick to agree. Those aged 35-54 were split, with 46 percent blaming climate change for the bad weather, and 45 percent telling YouGov.com that global warming isn’t to blame.

Of those 55 and older, 52 percent said the heavy snows and widespread sub-freezing temperatures weren’t caused by climate change.

Another sign that younger Americans support global warming arguments more than their elders: 19 percent said that they didn’t “believe in climate change before, but now I think the storms were caused by it.” Just 4 percent of those over 54 agreed.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.
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