People with higher education levels, particularly in science, tend to care more about the environment and are consistently willing to spend a larger fraction of their income to protect it. They also, on the average, understand scientific issues better and are willing to take a longer-term view of problems, and therefore tend to make better decisions at the ballot box about how to handle environmental problems. It follows, therefore, that the current abysmal failures of the US educational system, particularly in science education, are a considerable part of the problem we have with managing environmental issues well and in a cost-effective way.
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