Much to the irritation of those like Barry “Almighty”, John Kerry-Heinz and, of course, Al Gore, Americans are simply not all that bothered by global warming regardless of the nomenclature used to describe it. Be it climate change, climate disruption or whatever it is that those on the left choose to call it. It would seem that they see any number of other issues as being far more pressing. Most Americans agree that the climate may be changing, but they say they are just not that worried about it. Because I’m sure they, unlike those on the left, are smart enough to know that there ain’t squat they can do about it anyway. And that is keeping the American public from demanding and getting the changes that are necessary to prevent global warming from reaching a crisis, at least according to climate and social scientists.
As top-level international negotiations to try to limit greenhouse gas emissions start later this month in Paris, it would seem that at least two out of every three Americans accept global warming and the vast majority of those say human activities may be at least part of the cause. However, fewer than one in four Americans are extremely or very worried about it. And while one out of three Americans admit to being moderately worried, the highest percentage of Americans are neither too worried nor worried about it at all. And despite all of the high profile preaching that we heard coming from ‘The Commie’ Pope Francis, only roughly a third of Americans see global warming as being a moral issue and only a quarter of those asked see it as a fairness issue.
According to Dana Fisher, director of the Program for Society and the Environment at the University of Maryland, “The big deal is that climate has not been a voting issue of the American population.” Ms. Fisher went on to say, “If the American population were left to lead on the issue of climate, it’s just not going to happen.” Ms. Fisher seems to be of the opinion that the American population is simply not be smart enough to recognize the issue as being the next great apocalypse that so many of those on the left view it as being. And it might be worth noting that ‘Professor’ Fisher’s research focuses on political decision-making, grassroots activism, and civic participation, aiming to understand how social actors engage in decision-making processes and the successes and failures of such efforts.
Linda Gebel is a 64-year-old retired bookkeeper who lives north of Minneapolis and she sums up what is, I suppose, the sentiment held by some Americans. And it’s as someone who has read up on the subject of global warming that she says, “Everybody’s life would be totally disrupted.” And she added, “It will cause famines and wars, huge problems. I don’t know why people wouldn’t be worried about it.” And yet because she lives in the middle of the country she jokingly says that she’ll be among “the last ones who will be submerged.” Gebel added that she doesn’t “feel worried personally. I’m not sure this is going to happen in my lifetime, but I worry about my children. I worry about my grandchildren.” As for myself, I very much doubt that even my great grandchildren will be effected by this ‘climate change’ boondoggle.
The “lukewarm” feeling and lack of much serious concern on the topic has been pretty consistent in polling over the years, even as temperatures have risen, said Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. And Princeton University climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer said, “The issue hasn’t quite boiled up enough so that people have put it on the top of things they want to focus on. “One issue is how big, yet distant the problem seems and how abstract it can be,” Fisher said. It can cause people to put off worrying about it. But it’s rather difficult to worry about a supposed ‘warming planet’ when looking back at last winter’s frigid temperatures and the fact that here in early November snow is already falling in many parts of the country.
And then we have Renata Schram who is a 43-year-old customer service representative in Sturgis, Michigan, who says that while she believes global warming is real, and is mostly caused by people, she is only moderately worried about it. She says, “On my list of things that worry me today, global warming is kind of low.” Of primary concern to her and what she views as being a far more pressing issue is the growing level of violence seen in the world. She said, “Usually when we hear about global warming everything seems so distant.” She goes on to add, “The sea levels are going to rise but I find it difficult to find a prediction that tells you how many years exactly.” Well, that would only be because the entire cockamamie theory is based on junk science and no one has a clue when, or if, it’s even gonna happen.
And then we have White House ‘science adviser’ John Holdren, otherwise known as the keeper of the ‘climate change’ faith. This genius said climate contrarians emphasize how large the problem is, essentially telling people “the result (of warming) is too scary, so let’s not believe it.” He said these groups have been “incredibly effective in sowing doubt” about global warming. It’s very easy to be doubtful about something that is nothing more than one huge con job. For his part, Myron Ebell, a policy expert at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, said the elites on the coast may be concerned about global warming but people in the heartland who dig stuff up, grow stuff or make stuff are used to the vagaries of extreme weather. He said, “They don’t see it as much of a problem” because it isn’t.
But not so, say the scientists, or those who are really nothing more than the high priests of this religion of ‘climate change.’ Climate scientist Chris Field of the Carnegie Institution said, “We are all vulnerable to the impacts.” And he then goes on to say. “If you are a farmer in Illinois or if you work on a railroad in Alabama or are a miner in West Virginia, there are impacts that are going to affect your life, your health and what you’re going to pay for things in the grocery story.” And climate scientist Katherine Hayhoe of Texas Tech, who reaches out to the evangelical Christian community claims that scientists aren’t communicating their worries well. They seem to assume that issuing more reports and data will be sufficient to convince people. She said success lies in finding common ground in humanity.
And it was Ms. Hayhoe who told a meeting of top ‘climate scientists last week in Washington, “More facts are not going to fix the problem.” And she went on to say, “Nearly every human on the planet has the values they need to care about climate change. We just need to connect the dots.” But look, I think this entire ‘climate change’ nonsense is much ado about nothing. What we have is an inordinate number of ‘scientists’ with way too much time on their hands. They have to find something to justify their scientific worth. And if they can earn for themselves a few bucks along the way, what’s the harm? Let’s not forget that many of the very same people who are now claiming that the Earth is getting hotter were, just a few short decades ago, warning us to start preparing of the coming of a new ice age.