By Mary Wisniewski

Some U.S. scientists are expressing hope that Pope Francis’ encyclical on global warming embracing the view that it is mostly caused by human activities will change public opinion in the United States, where the issue is highly politicized.

Texas Tech University climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe said the pope’s document is important because more facts alone will not convince climate change skeptics…

… Michael Greenstone, an economics professor who directs the University of Chicago’s Energy Policy Institute, said it is becoming “increasingly uncomfortable and complicated” to deny climate change, and the pope’s statement will make it even harder.

“I think the dam will break at some point,” Greenstone said. “The arc of history bends towards truth…”

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