Poll Shows People Just Don’t Care about Global Warming

Poll Shows People Just Don’t Care about Global Warming
August 15, 2014

James M. Taylor

James M. Taylor is senior fellow for environment and energy policy at The Heartland Institute, and... (read full bio)

Climate Change Weekly #135

Americans don’t really care whether public officials attempt to address global warming, according to a new poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

In a survey of more than 1,000 Americans, only 21 percent say they follow the issue closely. A much greater number – 36 percent – say they pay little or no attention at all. The rest merely follow the issue “somewhat closely.”

Regardless of how closely respondents follow global warming issues, there is little support for government action to restrict carbon dioxide emissions. Only 36 percent say they approve of the federal government requiring power plants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while 32 percent are opposed. Another 32 percent aren’t sure. Even those numbers appear to overestimate public support for carbon dioxide restrictions, as only 24 percent of respondents “strongly” support the federal restrictions. An equal 24 percent “strongly” opposed the federal restrictions.

An analysis accompanying the poll explained how global warming activists frequently use push polls to falsely claim high public support for global warming restrictions. The analysis provided examples of the polling questions describing the issue as “the problem of climate change” and using other terminology to steer respondents into biased opinions. The analysis also noted referencing President Barack Obama’s position in the preface to the question leads more people – presumably otherwise disinterested Democrats – to express support for Obama’s desire to restrict carbon dioxide emissions. When the president is not referenced in the polling question, strikingly fewer people support carbon dioxide restrictions.

SOURCE: iMediaEthics.com


IN THIS ISSUE

Scientist to Florida Gov. Scott: alarmism is not pro-life … Antarctic sea ice sets new records … Kerry’s private jet: no more eco-hypocrisy! … Sea stars likely to adapt to warmer, higher pH oceans


SCIENTIST TO FLORIDA GOV. SCOTT: ALARMISM IS NOT PRO-LIFE

Atmospheric scientist Neil Frank sent Florida Gov. Rick Scott a letter explaining why global warming alarmism is not “pro-life.” Frank responded to assertions by climate activists that people with pro-life abortion views must also support “pro-life” alarmist global warming views. Frank documented how diverting precious resources away from life-saving and life-enhancing programs and instead squandering them on overhyped global warming fears is anti-life rather than pro-life.

SOURCE: The Cornwall Alliance


ANTARCTIC SEA ICE SETS NEW RECORDS

Antarctic sea ice set perhaps its most impressive record yet, with the Antarctic sea ice anomaly reaching more than 2 million square kilometers above the long-term mean. This is the largest Antarctic sea ice anomaly ever recorded. On a related note, global sea ice also remained above the long-term average. Global sea ice has remained above the long-term average for most of the past 18 months.

Source: Cryosphere Today


KERRY’S PRIVATE JET: NO MORE ECO-HYPOCRISY!

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was forced to abandon his private jet and fly home via commercial first class after his jet experienced technical difficulties. As Michelle Malkin observed, “Among John Kerry’s stops on his recent travels abroad on a private jet was a visit to the Solomon Islands to talk about the effects of climate change that might be caused by John Kerry’s travels abroad on private jets. Kerry of course used the state department jet for his travels – that is, until the plane decided it didn’t want to contribute to his eco hypocrisy one minute longer.”

SOURCE: Michelle Malkin


SEA STARS LIKELY TO ADAPT TO WARMER, HIGHER pH OCEANS

Sea stars appear resilient to large and rapid variations in temperature and ocean pH, marine biologists reported in the peer-reviewed Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. The scientists reported juvenile sea stars fared very well when exposed to substantially warmer temperatures and decreases in pH.

SOURCE: NIPCC Report

James M. Taylor

James M. Taylor is senior fellow for environment and energy policy at The Heartland Institute, and... (read full bio)