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The Founding Fathers v. The Climate Change Skeptics

- February 19, 2014 in Articles, benjamin franklin, british america, british colonies, climate change, founding fathers, Science & Medicine, thomas jefferson, weather

When claims from Europe accused British America of being inferior on account of its colder weather, Thomas Jefferson and his fellow Founding Fathers responded with patriotic zeal that their settlement was actually causing the climate to warm. Raphael Calel explores how, in contrast to today's common association of the U.S. with climate change skepticism, it was a very different story in the 18th century.