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Generation X on Global Warming: Whatever.
Sierra Club ^ | 7-20-2012 | Reed McManus

Posted on 07/23/2012 11:17:56 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot

According to The Generation X Report, based on the Longitudinal Study of American Youth at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, the demographic group born between 1961 and 1981 is even less concerned about climate issues than they were two years ago. The group is “uninformed about the causes, unconcerned about the potential dangers, and doubt it is happening,” writes Hank Campbell on the blog Science 2.0.

“Even with most of the country mired in a historic drought, a spate of storms that left millions without power in the mid-Atlantic, and seemingly more frequent natural disasters, people have better things to worry about than global warming, according to a new study of Generation X-ers,” writes Jason Koebler of USNews.

“Why the drop? Study author and University of Michigan professor Jon Miller says that climate change is a complex issue that requires a lot of time to fully understand. It also isn't likely to start meaningfully affecting people's lives for many years, when Generation X will have died out.”

To paraphrase 1992’s Teen Talk Barbie, “Science is hard.”

Says Miller: "You don't have to know a lot of biology to know what you think about abortion, and if you lose your job, you're going to be concerned with the economy. Questions like stem cells, climate change, and nuclear power are different. Without some level of scientific understanding, you can't get into them. If each season was progressively a little bit warmer, people might be able to more easily understand climate change, but if it's perturbed, it's hard for people to grasp. I'm not sure common sense alone will ever carry the day on this. The pattern is not likely to be consistent."

The good news? Miller says that the ambivalence is not necessarily a bad thing, as long as politicians take the long view. (Oops.) According to the study, just 10 percent of respondents are "doubtful" or "dismissive" about climate change. Most are simply "disengaged."


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Americans Least Green ..... And Don't Care

1 posted on 07/23/2012 11:17:59 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot
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To: Sir Napsalot

“Global warming” is science after all. Political Science.


2 posted on 07/23/2012 11:19:29 AM PDT by AmericanSamurai
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To: Sir Napsalot

Ah I see the author of the study Jon Miller is continuing the liberal meme that global warming is now to be called climate change. As a GenXer...I say Mr. Miller, you’re a fraud and we don’t really care too much for frauds.


3 posted on 07/23/2012 11:22:58 AM PDT by ebersole
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To: Sir Napsalot

Wow, I agree with them on something.....whatever!


4 posted on 07/23/2012 11:23:22 AM PDT by NRA1995 (I'll cling to my religion, cigars and guns till they're pried from my cold dead fingers!)
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To: Sir Napsalot

It appears that donations to the Sierra Club are down.


5 posted on 07/23/2012 11:28:18 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Without the Second Amendment, the other twenty-six will cease to exist.)
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To: Sir Napsalot
I'm not sure that this theme...

"You'd be concerned about global warming climate change if only you weren't a drooling moron."

...is going to do much to rally the masses.
6 posted on 07/23/2012 11:30:11 AM PDT by chrisser (Starve the Monkeys!)
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To: Sir Napsalot
Longitudinal Study of American Youth Since when is Gen-X considered 'youth'? I'm a 42 year old woman with two grown children. (one married) And I'm a 'youth'?? People born in '61 are in their 50's now. How is that 'youth'? Talk about condescending BS.
7 posted on 07/23/2012 11:30:55 AM PDT by Marie ("The last time Democrats gloated this hard after a health care victory, they lost 60 House seats.")
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To: Sir Napsalot
"...Even with most of the country mired in a historic drought, a spate of storms that left millions without power in the mid-Atlantic, and seemingly more frequent natural disasters..."

Maybe them there GenXers figured out that weather has nothing to do with Global Warm, er, "Climate Change"
8 posted on 07/23/2012 11:31:37 AM PDT by frankenMonkey (will do graphics for food...)
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To: Sir Napsalot
“Even with most of the country mired in a historic drought, a spate of storms that left millions without power in the mid-Atlantic, and seemingly more frequent natural disasters, people have better things to worry about than global warming, according to a new study of Generation X-ers,” writes Jason Koebler of USNews.

My critical thinking skills go into hyper drive when I read things like this. Call it a "spidey sense".

Right off the top, what is the historical context? How many times have millions been left without power? And the big one, what is this "Seemingly" crap?
9 posted on 07/23/2012 11:36:47 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: AmericanSamurai

““Global warming” is science after all. Political Science.”

What do they call an F science major?

A political science major.


10 posted on 07/23/2012 11:38:11 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Sir Napsalot

Gee, we were first warned back in the late 1980’s that global warming was going to doom us all in a couple of years. Nothing’s happened. Are we supposed to be scare for our entire lives?


11 posted on 07/23/2012 11:41:28 AM PDT by MNDude ( Victimhood is the Holy Grail of liberalism)
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To: Sir Napsalot

Nuclear Holocaust, drug resistance diseases, the Rapture, famine, overpopulation, polution, ozone hole, global cooling, global warming. I’ve been told all my life the world is going to end tomorrow. Really, after nearly 50 years of this crap, how can I take any of this seriously?


12 posted on 07/23/2012 11:54:49 AM PDT by ChiefChris
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To: Sir Napsalot
The group is “uninformed about the causes, unconcerned about the potential dangers, and doubt it is happening,” writes Hank Campbell on the blog Science 2.0.

Whew!! I was getting concerned that the leftists were beginning to back away from their propaganda hoax!! Thank God the Sierra Club isn't letting it go - we still have some leftists left to ridicule!

13 posted on 07/23/2012 12:06:51 PM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: ChiefChris

I had to chuckle at this....so true!
Don’t forget we’ve had to listen to the running out oil (because there are only so many dead dinosaurs to dig up), coal, natural gas and
everything and anything that is used to create electricity will be gone and we will either freeze to death and sweat
to death (so turn out those lights you wasteful fools).
And don’t forget simply breathing the polluted air that we horrible human beings create will cause us all to perish in a short time and if not, we will all die from some sort of horrible disease.


14 posted on 07/23/2012 12:13:19 PM PDT by ebersole
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To: Sir Napsalot

Nice to know I am a “youth”. I am a member of natal class of ‘62 which means I was taught about THE NEXT ICE AGE.

Since actual measured degrees of warming or cooling or ocean rise or glacier retreat or...never mind, has not induced panic the green loonies have redefined the terms of the debate to property damage, power outages, and lives lost.

They cannot lose based on those metrics since population increases and government incentives to live in disaster prone areas will continue to boost those numbers.

But then isn’t that exactly what they want? Less property, less power, and less lives?


15 posted on 07/23/2012 12:15:49 PM PDT by FreedomNotSafety
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To: Sir Napsalot
As a Gen-Xer I can safely say that having grown up thinking that a Soviet nuclear missile was going to explode above our heads any minute and turn us to dust, it's hard to get worked up about the slight possibility that the temperature go up a couple degrees over the next century.
16 posted on 07/23/2012 12:38:48 PM PDT by apillar
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To: apillar

I had managed to forgot about that so thanks for the “duck and cover” memories. We should list all of the great scares from the 60’s and 70’s. I will add The China Syndrome and DDT.


17 posted on 07/23/2012 12:51:31 PM PDT by FreedomNotSafety
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To: Sir Napsalot
According to The Generation X Report...the demographic group born between 1961 and 1981

I thought that the Baby Boomers were born up through '65, and beyond that was Gen X?

My birth year falls in that time frame, and I'm having an identity crisis right now.

18 posted on 07/23/2012 12:51:51 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: Disambiguator

Me, too, between 1961-65.

Never identify issues associated to either “Baby Boomer” or “Gen X”. :-(


19 posted on 07/23/2012 1:23:24 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Bravo Sierra!


20 posted on 07/23/2012 1:24:38 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie ("You didn't build that!")
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To: Sir Napsalot

Even if the “threat” was real, most of the USA is a cold barren tundra 6 months of the year. So it is always going to be a hard sell for them. The thought of not-so-cold winters is not an unpleasant thought.


21 posted on 07/23/2012 1:39:33 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Sir Napsalot; Disambiguator
Me, too, between 1961-65.

Me, too. I think we should just claim all of it, bomb shelters, global warming, save the *whatever*, etc.

22 posted on 07/23/2012 3:21:57 PM PDT by SCalGal (Friends don't let friends donate to H$U$, A$PCA, or PETA.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

LOL....you can fool some of the people some of the time, Jonny Boy


23 posted on 07/23/2012 3:28:57 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: A_Former_Democrat

Whew, I thought you were referring to my #19 comment ..... LOL


24 posted on 07/23/2012 3:42:33 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: AmericanSamurai; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Well put!


25 posted on 07/23/2012 7:30:31 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: apillar
As a Gen-Xer I can safely say that having grown up thinking that a Soviet nuclear missile was going to explode above our heads any minute and turn us to dust, it's hard to get worked up about the slight possibility that the temperature go up a couple degrees over the next century.

Yep, and as a fellow X-er, I could see clearly from initially learning about the environmental movement that it was an evil movement whose goal was to control private property that those in the movement could not possess otherwise, and to trample on the property rights of our citizens.
26 posted on 07/23/2012 7:58:42 PM PDT by saltlick
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To: Da Coyote

A political science major.


Hahaha. I’m pretty sure that Starbucks is thankful for Liberal FArts, Poli Sci, and Art History majors because without them, they wouldn’t have many Baristas. :P


27 posted on 07/24/2012 4:41:04 PM PDT by AmericanSamurai
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