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99 days ago.
by slinky
harryanderson
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Thankfully, the anti-science propaganda campaign surrounding man-made climate change seems to have lost some of its effect.

Are you seeing storm clouds on the horizon? Two recent studies suggest that the latest anti-science campaign is following its forerunners--the propaganda campaigns attempting to refute science that tobacco causes cancer, that CFC's caused the hole in the ozone layer, and so on—into oblivion. Global warming denial seems to have climbed to a peak in 2010, and global warming acceptance is now climbing. This bodes well for rational public policy.

 
 

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neocurmudgeon74

See Living on Earth's website on China: ***********loe****/shows/segments.html?programID=13-P13-00009&segmentID=2

Posted 1069 days ago.

neocurmudgeon74

Worldwide, the situation isn't totally hopeless: China is talking about a carbon tax, & tinkering w/ local cap-and-trade. Would be ironic if China adopted a carbon tax before the U.S. Even a small tax would have an effect.

China was already installing more renewable energy than any other country. Although their energy demand has grown so fast, the renewables seem small.

Posted 1069 days ago.

neocurmudgeon74

I think Myth's list of the religious factors is about right.

I just looked up James G. Watt, Reagan's 1st Sec. of Interior. Surprised to find that Wikipedia's article doesn't portray him quite as extreme as I remember, but the reporting back then may have oversimplified.

Posted 1069 days ago.

moderation

Now, a derecho can be influencial. I can say that I took steps to allow myself to be independent from the grid as the situation may unfold.time waits on no man, huh!?

Posted 1069 days ago.

mythravere

It doesn't matter if people believe in it anyway. Its going to to world wide cooperation to limit its effects. If that can be done at all at this point in time.

I think the more prudent thing to do is to make plans for a changing climate and what that will mean in terms of food and water concerns plus energy issues also.

Climate change deniers and their thoughts dont matter. All its doing is slitting their own throats and everyone else's along with them. Because no action is being taken on any contingencies.

They will see the effects soon enough though as climate and weather pattern disruption increase.

I'm looking for more derechos to rear their ugly heads again this year. Might be a new seasonal norm coming down the works if you will.

Posted 1070 days ago.

mythravere

It might come down to the idea that God will remake this world after the end times. You know a new heaven and earth and all that.

It would also include the ideology that this world is here for us to exploit ergo we should harvest what it has with out concern because god will take care of it.

Also the idea that man cant effect our world because only god has the power to do so.

Posted 1070 days ago.

harryanderson

In the last post, I forgot to include a quotation mark at the beginning of the quote. It should be,

"Among the shrinking percentage of Americans who doubt...”

Posted 1070 days ago.

harryanderson

The Michigan-Muhlenberg study included this interesting tidbit:

Among the shrinking percentage of Americans who doubt global warming’s existence, there appears to be both a decreased impact of personal experiences on their views on this subject and an increased prominence for personal religious and political factors in the determination of their doubts.”

I can certainly understand “political factors.” If you like or admire someone like Senator James Inhofe from Oklahoma, you would probably be more willing to accept his extreme anti-science viewpoint.

But “personal religious factors”? What’s up with that?

Posted 1070 days ago.

harryanderson

Last fall, the National Surveys on Energy and Environment from the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and the Institute of Public Opinion at Muhlenberg College reported,

“An increasing number of Americans indicate that there is evidence of global warming, with over two out of three individuals in the United States now expressing a belief that the planet has warmed over the past four decades.”

Furthermore, “For the first time since Fall 2008, a majority (51%) of self-identified Republicans stated that they think global warming is occurring, as of late Fall 2012.”

And, “More Americans than at any time since 2008 attribute increasing global temperatures entirely to the activities of man.”

closup.umich.ed u/files/nsee-climate-belief-fall-2012.pdf

Posted 1070 days ago.

harryanderson

On March 6, The Yale Project on Climate Change Communication updated its data on public perceptions.

The report states the percentage of those classified “Alarmed (about global warming) have grown from 10 percent of the American adult population in 2010 to 16 percent in 2012. At the same time, (those classified) Dismissive have decreased in size, from 16 percent in 2010 to 8 percent in 2012.”

environment.yale.ed u/climate/news/Six-Americas-September-2012/

Posted 1070 days ago.
 
 
 
 

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