got science? quiz

Can you tell Science FACT from Science FICTION?

Take the true or false quiz that pits your knowledge of climate change, energy, and other important issues against real quotes from industry-funded "experts," corporations, and think tanks. See if you can tell who's Got Science versus who's spreading propaganda that's Not Science. Complete the quiz and we'll send you a free "Got Science?" sticker.

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Hot or Not?

"Hotter temperatures by themselves will not endanger public health or welfare."

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A Tale of Two Reports

One of these reports is by the United States government, the other by corporate interests. Can you spot which one is the real deal??

Unbelievable, right? They look almost exactly the same! That's very much on purpose. The corporate report, designed to look almost identical to the U.S. Government's National Climate Assessment (pictured here), was written by the Cato Institute—an organization founded by fossil fuel billionaire Charles Koch. That's how far climate deniers will go to confuse the public about the real science on climate change. The report dubiously claims that climate change will have "little national significance" and that "sea level rises caused by global warming are easily adapted to." Sigh. This is why we must continue to expose misrepresentations of science.

Dragons, you say?

"[Is] it possible that a fire-breathing animal really existed? Today some scientists are saying yes. They have found large chambers in certain dinosaur skulls…The large skull chambers could have contained special chemical-producing glands. When the animal forced the chemicals out of its mouth or nose, these substances may have combined and produced fire and smoke."

Fire-breathing dinosaurs would be cool…but no. That's definitely not science. That's taken from Life Science, a text book from Bob Jones University Press that also claims that dinosaurs and humans lived on earth at the same time. Charter schools in at least 10 states, including Colorado and Louisiana, have reported using materials from the same publisher. As much as we all love dragons, there is no scientific evidence that they ever existed.

Deforestation, Schmeforestation.

"Every year more than 30 million acres of forest is cleared or lost globally. Deforestation is seen as a key contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions."

Sadly, that's science. That was Unilever, makers of Ben and Jerry's, Hellmann's Mayonnaise, and Dove products, citing the science on deforestation as a major cause of global warming. The company recently implemented a policy to source all its palm oil, used in many of their products, from deforestation-free sources. Over the last several months, UCS supporters and our allies have waged a very successful campaign to commit major food and personal care companies, such as General Mills, Colgate-Palmolive, Proctor & Gamble, and Hershey, to using deforestation-free palm oil. (Thank you! Don't stop!)

Eureka!...or Maybe Not?

"Natural gas is essentially an emissions-free power source."

Sure, it's natural, but indeed it's still gas…that burns…with emissions. But that didn't stop James Taylor (not the singer-songwriter, the one at the Heartland Institute, a fossil-fuel funded front group), from routinely spreading misinformation about climate science, including deliberate attacks on climate scientists. As with many fossil fuels, burning natural gas for electricity results in the release of carbon dioxide, and thus contributes to global warming, making it a far less attractive source of power when compared to clean, renewable energy such as wind or solar.

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