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NY Times/CBS Poll “Proves” Global Warming

From those hard-headed scientists at the New York Times:


Public Remains Split on Response to Warming

By JOHN M. BRODER and MARJORIE CONNELLY

April 27, 2007

Americans in large bipartisan numbers say the heating of the earth’s atmosphere is having serious effects on the environment now or will soon and think that it is necessary to take immediate steps to reduce its effects, the latest New York Times/CBS News poll finds.

Ninety percent of Democrats, 80 percent of independents and 60 percent of Republicans said immediate action was required to curb the warming of the atmosphere and deal with its effects on the global climate. Nineteen percent said it was not necessary to act now, and 1 percent said no steps were needed.

Recent international reports have said with near certainty that human activities are the main cause of global warming since 1950. The poll found that 84 percent of Americans see human activity as at least contributing to warming.

The poll also found that Americans want the United States to support conservation and to be a global leader in addressing environmental problems and developing alternative energy sources to reduce reliance on fossil fuels like oil and coal…

Respondents expressed little confidence in President Bush’s handling of environmental or energy issues, and a majority of those polled, including many Republicans, said Democrats were more likely than Republicans to protect the environment and foster energy independence.

One-third approved Mr. Bush’s handling of the environment and 27 percent approved his approach to energy questions. Democrats have criticized Mr. Bush’s policies on energy and the environment almost from the day he took office. Those policies have also cost him some Republican support, the poll showed.

“I think the Republicans have slashed the funds for cleanup of the environment, and if it comes down to whether or not it will cost big business, forget about the cleanup,” said Ron Gellerman, 65, a respondent from Maple Grove, Minn., who said he was a Republican.

“The Democrats are more willing to spend dollars on pure research,” Mr. Gellerman added in a follow-up interview after the poll was completed. “They’re open to alternative sources of energy, like wind. We could save more energy by increasing the efficiency of our electrical system and our automobiles. And the Democrats would be more willing to look at that sort of thing because they’re not so beholden to Big Oil.”

Americans broadly support using renewable energy sources like solar and wind power and say fueling vehicles with ethanol, which is now made largely from corn, is a good idea, the survey found.

They also are nearly evenly split on building nuclear power plants to reduce reliance on imported energy sources. When asked whether they would accept a nuclear plan in their community, they said no, 59 percent to 36 percent.

The nationwide telephone poll was conducted Friday to Tuesday with 1,052 adults. The margin-of-sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points…

A big majority, 75 percent, said recent weather had been stranger than usual, an increase of almost 10 percentage points from 1997. Of those who said the weather had turned weird, 43 percent attributed it to global warming and 15 percent to pollution or other environmental damage. Four percent cited the coming end of the world or biblical prophecy, and 2 percent blamed space junk.

Ten years ago, 5 percent of respondents blamed global warming for changes in the weather.

It just goes to show that if you repeat a lie long enough some people will come to believe it.

Recent international reports have said with near certainty that human activities are the main cause of global warming since 1950.

Which is pretty interesting in view of the “global cooling” that occured from 1940 through the late 1970s.

“I think the Republicans have slashed the funds for cleanup of the environment, and if it comes down to whether or not it will cost big business, forget about the cleanup,” said Ron Gellerman, 65, a respondent from Maple Grove, Minn., who said he was a Republican.

It wouldn’t be an official New York Times article if they hadn’t managed to drag out a purported lifelong “Republican” to bash the GOP.

Just to give you an idea of what a rock-ribbed Republican Mr. Ron Gellerman is, here is his views on a local politician from four years ago.

First the politician’s crime, via the homosexual agit-prop paper the Advocate:

Minn. Kampf – Politics – Minnesota state representative Arlon Lindner

Advocate, The, April 15, 2003

It was bad enough when Minnesota state representative Arlon Lindner introduced a bill that would repeal the state’s pro-gay human rights amendment and remove sexual orientation from its hate-crimes law. But then the Republican went on to suggest that the Nazis did not persecute gay people during World War II.

In an attempt to explain himself March 10, Lindner offended even more people. “What I am trying to prevent is the holocaust of our children getting STDs, AIDS, and various other diseases that are going to affect their lives,” he said on the house floor. “If you want to sit around here and wait until America becomes another African continent, well, then, you do that, but I’m going to do something about it.”

He may have trouble doing anything about it in the state legislature, though. Several of Lindner’s colleagues have filed ethics complaints against him previously, and house speaker Steve Sviggum said he had considered stripping him of his leadership position but decided against it.

“Republican” Ron Gellerman’s response, via the Minnesota State Fair Blog:

Update on Rep. Arlon Lindner:

Hometown doesn’t seem to reflect his views.”He’s got to be a complete idiot,” said Ron Gellerman, a 61-year-old cement contractor who was having lunch Tuesday in the 10-50 Club in “downtown” Corcoran, a formerly Irish and French hamlet consisting of a couple of bars, a Catholic church and a handful of shops.

There’s a job for a mayor of a Scottish town that Lindner might be better suited for. Last year football club mascot H’Angus the Monkey caused a sensation by being elected as Mayor of Hartlepool.

Isn’t it amazing how the New York Times is always able to find such characters to represent typical Republicans in their articles?

When asked whether they would accept a nuclear plan in their community, they said no, 59 percent to 36 percent.

Yes, we are supposed to believe that close to 40% of the citizenry would accept a nuclear power plant in their backyard.

This figure is about as plausible as the rest of the poll.

But how can you argue with “science”?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, April 27th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “NY Times/CBS Poll “Proves” Global Warming”

  1. Stellathomas says:

    Environmental extremists, notable politicians among them, then teamed up with movie, media and other liberal, environmentalist journalists to create this wild “scientific” scenario of the civilization-threatening environmental consequences from Global Warming unless we adhere to their radical agenda.
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    Stellathomas

    MLS


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