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Fewer People Now Believe In ‘Global Warming’

From the UK’s Independent:

Green fatigue sets in: the world cools on global warming

Worldwide concerns about climate change have dropped dramatically since 2009

By Sam Masters | 28 February 2013

Public concern about environmental issues including climate change has slumped to a 20-year low since the financial crisis, a global study reveals.

Which could have something to do with the fact that global warming stopped more than 16 years ago. A fact even admitted by Professor Phil Jones, who is the director of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia.

Fewer people now consider issues such as CO2 emissions, air and water pollution, animal species loss, and water shortages to be “very serious” than at any time in the last two decades, according to the poll of 22,812 people in 22 countries including Britain and the US.

Despite years of studies showing the impact of global warming on the planet, only 49 per cent of people now consider climate change a very serious issue – far fewer than at the beginning of the worldwide financial crisis in 2009.

So maybe it’s true that you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.

Worries about climate change first dropped in industrialised nations but they have now also fallen in developing economies including Brazil and China, according to the survey by GlobeScan Radar.

And developing economies have long viewed ‘global warming’ as a way to extort money from the developed economies.

The declining interest in climate change comes amid a backlash against costly green energy investments in an age of austerity. David Nussbaum, head of WWF UK, said “sustained pressure” was required from political leaders to combat climate change. He said it was only when “real indicators” of climate change came, such as floods and droughts, that public perceptions changed.

He told The Independent: “Of course people’s concerns about climate change changed in 2009 when economic pressures were rising… [But] the problems haven’t gone away… There are longer-term concerns that may not seem imminent that are extremely serious. A skilled political leader has got to grapple with how you act and respond to the immediate pressure people feel while helping [to take] account of the wider concerns and interests.” …

So it’s Bush’s fault.

Graham Thompson, a spokesman for Greenpeace, said: “The public can see that the response of our politicians is completely inadequate to the threat scientists have revealed, and that dissonance is reflected in these polls.”

Doug Miller, chairman of GlobeScan, said: “Evidence of environmental damage is stronger than ever, but our data shows that economic crisis and a lack of political leadership mean that the public are starting to tune out.”

In other words, they are blaming politicians for not being able to keep the hysteria going.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change reiterated the view of Ed Davey, Climate Change Secretary, that “the basic physics of climate change is irrefutable”. …

Which is a pretty preposterous thing to say about any scientific theory. But especially such a bogus one as man-made global warming.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, February 28th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Fewer People Now Believe In ‘Global Warming’”

  1. Because it’s Climate Change, not Global Warming

    Geez

  2. yadayada

    Steve is absolutely correct – their anger over politician’s relaxing on the hysteria angers them because it allows the public the conscious decision to turn their priorities to putting food on the table. a starving man standing over a trash can fire is more likely to think about how tasty it would be roasting a snowy egret than whether the manufacturer of his second hand coat donated money to save it’s habitat.
    they fell victim to the liberal strategy – it is a campaign issue. obiwan still mentions it occassionally to keep it on the stove, but it’s back burner til the next election cycle.
    I don’t recall the publication I saw it in but I laughed out loud when last year I read an article lamenting the dramatic downturn in the organics market. during a recession people aren’t willing to pay twice as much for a potato noone can prove is “better for you.”
    plus, after the coldest winter in many folks memory, it’s hard to sell global warming.
    tell those folks who STILL had no power from storm sandy and suffered through a fairly brutal January
    “don’t worry, our computer said the earth will be 2 degrees celsius warmer in 20 years. and by the way, you can’t burn wood, coal, or oil to heat your house any more because of it.”

    • Rusty Shackleford

      You mentioned something very disturbing and it occurred to me when I read it.

      Obama is not going to disappear. No, I’m not talking about his hopes of being president-for-life; I’m referring to the fact that he’s a campaigner. He goes out and organizes the community to vote.

      When he’s finally put out of office, it will hardly be the case as it has been with past presidents, save for a few. Nope, this a–hole will NEVER shut up. He will be campaigning for Hitlery in 2016 or whomsoever decides to run if they’re a flaming national socialist. Or, they will employ him as kryptonite to destroy any conservative in the running.

      Should be interesting because if they do that, and I think they will, my theory is that people will (because they already are) grow sick of hearing him and his broken record and lies.

      Since this is his LAST term, he has already turned up the volume and the hit “replay” so much that the laser has etched a hole in the disc. They pulled out all the stops from the 1960’s for his last election, racism, war-on-wimmin, the environment, you-name-it. It was tiresome in 1970…and it’s doubly so now. I couldn’t watch anything on PBS last night because on one channel it was all about evil whitey. On another it was about evil men.

      But, we’re gonna have to listen to this damned idjit for some time after he’s removed from office, and, just like the ice-cream truck, his particular tune will only be music to a certain crowd.




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