Unfortunately sustainability and economics are for many a religious subject (http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/01/08/3608427/climate-denier-caucus-114th-congress/). Even informed and educated people hold unsustainable (pun intended) views on climate change. While the global carbon dioxide levels that drive climate change reaching unprecedented levels, 53 percent — 131 members — of the Republican caucus in the House of Representatives, and 70 percent — 38 members — on the Senate, deny the occurrence of human-caused global warming. They proudly hold this public view because their constituents hold this views dearly and even identify this views as a mark of decency.
The Story of Stuff (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GorqroigqM ) overstates the percentage of monies going to the military in the federal budget. The 50% quote is common among people advocating changes in US policy (http://www.globalresearch.ca/more-than-50-of-us-government-spending-goes-to-the-military/18852 ) and plays on the fact that military spending is around 50% of discretionary spending. Just another example of the low level of debate in the States. This is unfortunate, because The Story of Stuff makes good and important points that we must heed.
The proportion of people who do believe in climate change has been steady since April 2013, but the proportion of those who say they “don’t know” whether climate change is happening dropped 6 percentage points between April and November 2013, suggesting that many “don’t knows” moved into the “not happening” category.