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    Myths

    LIE: George W. Bush undid a Clinton administration ban on funding for stem-cell research

    TRUTH: The Republican Congress blocked funding for stem-cell research under Bill Clinton

    LIE: The Kyoto Protocol specifically targeted the U.S.

    TRUTH: The Kyoto Protocol set up emission reduction targets for all signatories

    LIE: There is no scientific consensus that humans are the primary cause of global warming

    TRUTH: 97 percent of climate scientists agree humans are causing global warming

    LIE: The sun, not human activity, causes global warming

    TRUTH: The world’s top scientists are nearly certain the sun is not causing global warming

    LIE: Global warming can’t be happening because carbon dioxide isn’t a pollutant and isn’t bad for the environment

    TRUTH: An excess of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is causing climate change

    LIE: The ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica ice are growing, not shrinking

    TRUTH: Scientists expect climate change to cause a variety of changes to ice sheets

    LIE: Global warming stopped in 1998

    TRUTH: 2010 and 2005 are the two hottest years on record, and the warming trend continues