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Americans Least Green - And Don't Care
NatGeo ^ | 7-12-2012 | Ker Than

Posted on 07/16/2012 7:35:16 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot

Americans are the the least likely to suffer from "green guilt" about their environmental impact, despite trailing the rest of the world in sustainable behavior, according to a new National Geographic survey.

This year's Greendex report, conducted by the National Geographic Society and the research consultancy GlobeScan, also found that Americans are the most confident that their individual actions can help the environment. (National Geographic News is a division of the Society.)

(How green are you? Find out with the Greendex calculator.)

"There's a disconnect there, and we hope the Greendex helps shed light on it," said Eric Whan, GlobeScan's director of sustainability.

"In our culture of consumption, we've sort of been indoctrinated to believe that we can buy ourselves out of environmental problems," said Whan, who's based in Toronto, Canada, another country ranked low in the survey.

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This year Americans ranked last in sustainable behavior, as they have every year since 2008. Just 21 percent of Americans reported feeling guilty about the impact they have on the environment, among the lowest of those surveyed.

Yet they had the most faith in an individual's ability to protect the environment, at 47 percent.

Consumers in India, China, and Brazil led the pack, with Greendex scores in the high fifties. Paradoxically, many Indians, Chinese, and Brazilians reported feeling the most guilt about their environmental impact and had the least confidence that their individual actions can help the environment.

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(Excerpt) Read more at news.nationalgeographic.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: 2012; agw; envirofascism; envirowhackos; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax; greenfraud; greens; obama; thegreenlie
Green guilt? What is that?

I've heard of 'green with envy', like everybody else is green with envy at USA.

1 posted on 07/16/2012 7:35:21 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot
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To: Sir Napsalot

Got no such thing as green guilt. The recycle bin the company gave me remains far under my desk and is used for storage. We recycle cans at home only because we pay by the bag for trash pickup but not for recycled garbage. I probably committed a crime by buying oil based polyurethane out of state and transported it back home for my hardwood floors. The state in which I reside is only allowed to sell Low VOC products. It happens to be my career expertise and I know the good stuff works better.


2 posted on 07/16/2012 7:42:07 PM PDT by cyclotic (People who live within their means are increasingly being forced to pay for people who didn't.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

I went through that green garbage back in the 70s and i ain’t buying it again. Truck loads of wet papers sitting and rotting etc. That being said, I do try to only put natural stuff in my house. But I am not replacing a paid for car with a smart car, or reusing cloth grocery bags which are filthy and disgusting and even the sackers here loathe them.


3 posted on 07/16/2012 7:43:11 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Sir Napsalot
Consumers in India, China, and Brazil led the pack

What? Mexico City didn't make the list? Well, yeah, the consumers might lead the pack, but the industry in these places might not score so well on the scale. Let's see . . . Ganges River, open sewers in Calcutta, clearing the rain forest, lots of burning of coal in industry without much to mitigate output. I don't begrudge these folks having their industrial expansion, but it is laughable to think that Americans feeling guilty and refilling water bottles would make more of a dent for the local environment than modern sanitation and industrial methods.
4 posted on 07/16/2012 7:46:30 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney have the mother of all Macaca moments)
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To: Sir Napsalot

Scored a 33 and no guilt whatsoever.


5 posted on 07/16/2012 7:47:39 PM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: cyclotic
The state in which I reside is only allowed to sell Low VOC products.

I won't tell them about your oil based polyurethanes if you don't tell them about my regular flow Canadian toilets.
6 posted on 07/16/2012 7:48:40 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney have the mother of all Macaca moments)
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To: yldstrk

I work here in liberal Hollywood and only the white liberals use that putrid cloth bag. The mexicans are just laughing at these morons.


7 posted on 07/16/2012 7:49:45 PM PDT by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: Sir Napsalot

Greendex score of 19,
Woohoo!!!!!!!!!


8 posted on 07/16/2012 7:51:02 PM PDT by Wildbill22
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To: Sir Napsalot

Screw the National Geographic. Same with Smithsonian Magazine. I used to look forward to it coming. No more. It has a new editor recently and it really creates a vacuum now. Just more glowbull warming, liberal claptrap evolution tripe. :(


9 posted on 07/16/2012 8:02:45 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today.)
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To: Wildbill22

Did you cheat on the quiz? I got a 37 and I am not green at all.


10 posted on 07/16/2012 8:03:00 PM PDT by impimp
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To: Wildbill22

You win. ;-))


11 posted on 07/16/2012 8:03:45 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Sir Napsalot
What's to feel guilty about?

Global temperatures have been declining for 2000 years when you don't use the fraudulent data used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to start the global warming hysteria.

The Tree Ring Data Scandal

New tree ring study shows 2000 years of cooling

12 posted on 07/16/2012 8:04:44 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

I’m at 35.


13 posted on 07/16/2012 8:06:31 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Obama does not have the work ethic to be Anti-Christ.)
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To: Past Your Eyes

I dropped my National Geo subscription more than a dozen years ago. Had been a subscriber for 3 decades, and just couldn’t take their extremist Leftism and overdone watermelon Green nonsense any longer.


14 posted on 07/16/2012 8:06:36 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Past Your Eyes

I know. I used to love the great photography and read the stories around the world in the early 80s.

Then it changed.


15 posted on 07/16/2012 8:06:55 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Sir Napsalot
I almost bought a Green 2013 Boss 302 over the weekend.

I couldn’t get the Wife to go along, so she must be a Gross Polluter.

16 posted on 07/16/2012 8:10:05 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (The only Fair Tax is a Flat Tax.)
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To: Wildbill22

Well, I got a GreenDex score of 50, which accordingly would put me on the global high end of environmental virtue. Why? Every question they asked about what I did specifically for the environment I answered with a negative. The only real question I answered in a way that they would find positive is when I responded that I drive but 5000 miles per year (which is true, I hardly drive at all).

I guess that’s all they care about. Which explains why China and India score so “high” in their ranking.

Oh, I guess I also truthfully said that I don’t have an air conditioner in my home - I can’t help that I live in a locale that never gets above 80.


17 posted on 07/16/2012 8:15:08 PM PDT by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/2010)
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To: Sir Napsalot

Horse pucky.

Every been to Eastern Europe or China?


18 posted on 07/16/2012 8:21:13 PM PDT by ElPaseo
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To: Sir Napsalot

1) there is no public transportation here
2) there is no recycle program here
3) you better believe I’m turning on the A/C in 100 degree weather
4) there’s no bleepin’ way I’m getting in a teeny tiny mico sized car
5) I don’t give a treehugger’s behind what my score is
6) Green guilt should mean guilt of green companies stealing my hard earned tax dollars.


19 posted on 07/16/2012 8:21:56 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Sir Napsalot
I score a 29. I couldn't possibly care less.
20 posted on 07/16/2012 8:22:57 PM PDT by youngidiot (The name's Bond. James Bond. James Bond Jovi.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

21 posted on 07/16/2012 8:38:59 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: MuttTheHoople

I suppose the Enviro police are going to come and get me - I only scored 30.


22 posted on 07/16/2012 8:40:55 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Sir Napsalot
ROTFL! We've always told the world to take a flying leap, and on the 'green agenda', we haven't changed a bit, because we know what's behind the push for 'sustainable development' internationally.

Way to go, America!!

23 posted on 07/16/2012 8:46:53 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Sir Napsalot

China is the most fake green country, but the results speak for themselves. There is some sort of green propaganda on many of their products for internal consumption but people raised under Communism don’t buy into the propaganda any more than conservatives do.


24 posted on 07/16/2012 8:58:54 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Wildbill22

Nice! 31 for me!


25 posted on 07/16/2012 9:29:02 PM PDT by castlebrew (Gun control means hitting where you're aiming!)
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To: Sir Napsalot
This year Americans ranked last in sustainable behavior, as they have every year since 2008.

I just realized I haven't washed and waxed my SUV in a while. Perfect motivation.

26 posted on 07/16/2012 9:29:51 PM PDT by matt04
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To: Sir Napsalot

I got a 34. Unlike hippies, if I need say, a tomato I could care less if it was grown in a local organic farm two miles away or two states away and had to guess on a few.


27 posted on 07/16/2012 9:39:49 PM PDT by matt04
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To: Sir Napsalot

We are more restricted and pay more to satisfy arbitrary EPA regulations than any nation on earth, while our people are on food stamps and losing their homes. WTH?


28 posted on 07/16/2012 9:40:34 PM PDT by weeweed (Proud Costco University graduate)
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To: Sir Napsalot

Americans are not as easily manipulated by the citizens of the world as are people of other nations.

If we were overpopulated like India, we would be have to conserve resources more to survive. If the globalists get their way, we will be as overpopulated as India.


29 posted on 07/16/2012 9:42:15 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Sir Napsalot

“Least Green...”

Right, and Madonna’s as pure as the driven snow.

I guess the NG staff has never visited Calcutta, or Manilla, or Davao, etc.


30 posted on 07/16/2012 9:49:54 PM PDT by This Just In
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Nice. 34.

If people seriously worry about this crap they need psychological intervention.

31 posted on 07/16/2012 9:50:46 PM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: Sir Napsalot
30, because I'm cheap.

Strange that 12a gives a higher score for preferring to replace products rather than fixing them.

32 posted on 07/16/2012 10:07:47 PM PDT by decal (I'm not rude, I don't suffer fools is all.)
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To: Sir Napsalot
“Yet they had the most faith in an individual’s ability to protect the environment, at 47 percent.”

They interpreted that wrong, as usual - it really means we don't think the guvmint can do anything but make things worse...

33 posted on 07/16/2012 10:10:13 PM PDT by decal (I'm not rude, I don't suffer fools is all.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

Least green means a scrap of freedom is left to us.

NatGeo is mad because everyone isn’t on their socialist bandwagon.


34 posted on 07/16/2012 10:19:16 PM PDT by hedgetrimmer
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To: Sir Napsalot
I got a 36 with no cheating and no guilt, and depending on an alternative interpretation of a few items I might have scored lower.

I use paper AND plastic, use 100 watt Edison Light/Heat bulbs and bought a 4 year old van that gets a little over 18 mpg. Because I only get about half the mileage of a new model T&C, I saved thousands. By getting what is now considered a gas hog, with the amount I drive, I figure it will take over ten years to catch up to my total cost of ownership if I had bought new based on fuel costs.

And, on the subject of formerly good magazines that have gone over to the darkside, did anybody catch the excrement that Popular Science ran a few months ago that totally drank the “global warming were all going to die” Koolaid?

35 posted on 07/16/2012 10:23:10 PM PDT by ADemocratNoMore (Jeepers, Freepers, where'd 'ya get those sleepers?. Pj people, exposing old media's lies.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

I love carbon!!!

I makes for a great lifestyle!!!

Drill and refine ourselves into prosperity!


36 posted on 07/16/2012 10:32:08 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: Sir Napsalot

Greendex of 29, zero guilt. The page is dripping with self righteousness. God I hate “watermelons”.


37 posted on 07/16/2012 10:57:32 PM PDT by SoDak
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To: Sir Napsalot

The page will not load for me. Possibly a good thing.

Forty years ago, I figured out that “recycling” consumer products was just a fancy word to get me to stockpile garbage in my house.

I live in a rural area, cut down a lot of excessive growth and burn it every year. Must produce tons of CO2 every year. It has been cooling lately, and this is good for the environment.

I do my best to take a deer and an elk every year. Got a mountain lion a couple of years ago. Again this is good for the environment, and shooting a mountain lion is good for your family and the neighbors.

I learned about conservation and resource management in my teens.

Modern environmentalists are crazy...


38 posted on 07/17/2012 3:52:43 AM PDT by CurlyDave
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To: CurlyDave

The Obama Green program is Green from your pocket into his donors pocket. Carbon exchange relates to the ink and paper exchanged also.


39 posted on 07/17/2012 8:10:54 AM PDT by libertyhoundusnr
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To: Sir Napsalot

The Siberian fires have contributed more to global warming in one SECOND than I will in my lifetime.


40 posted on 07/17/2012 10:09:14 AM PDT by proudpapa
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To: Sir Napsalot

I generally assuage my Green Guilt with a backyard tire fire.


41 posted on 07/17/2012 10:12:20 AM PDT by EyeGuy (Armed, judgmental, fiscally responsible heterosexual.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

I scored 40 and don’t do squat to help the environment that I’m aware of. I DO choose to do certain things (dial down heat, don’t run the air excessively) but only to keep bills low (raised that way).

I don’t recall any questions about recycling, either. I’ll throw a bottle in the bin ONLY if it’s made convenient for me to do so.


42 posted on 07/23/2012 12:45:51 PM PDT by Mich Patriot (Today if you invent a better mousetrap, the government comes along with a better mouse. RReagan)
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To: Sir Napsalot

U.N. data show U.S. greener than EU

Finger-pointing critics often vilify Americans as the sole cause of global warming. But the typical image of SUV-driving, energy-hogging Yankees may be bogus — a new analysis of U.N. data reveals that U.S. efforts to reduce greenhouse gases actually beat European policies.

“Despite constant criticism from environmental activists at home and across Europe claiming the U.S. government is doing nothing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, new evidence suggests America’s efforts are more effective than those of Europe’s,” according to a study by H. Sterling Burnett of the Dallas-based National Center for Policy Analysis, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institute.

http://washingtontimes.com/national/20070222-111037-4654r.htm

The US also dwarfs the Europeans in reforestation efforts...

Looking to the full article, the reporter actually mentioned this:

“U.S. businesses are succeeding where European bureaucracy is failing,” Mr. Burnett said. “Further, efforts like the Asian-Pacific partnership will do far more than [the] Kyoto [Protocol] to have a lasting effect on greenhouse gas emissions.”

The Asian-Pacific partnership is a nonbinding plan to cooperate on development and transfer technologies that would enable greenhouse gas reductions.


43 posted on 08/02/2012 5:55:09 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: TurboZamboni

This article has very little (i.e., none) substance on actual facts.

It is a survey, and how people in different countries chose to answer it.

We (the posters here) are just proud (and making fun of the Greendex) of our redneck attitude.


44 posted on 08/02/2012 6:33:53 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Sir Napsalot

I think it’s funny the countries who signed Kyoto are bigger polluters than we are.


45 posted on 08/02/2012 7:42:30 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: proudpapa

Despite nightly TV news admonishments, indoctrination in all levels of education,Algore’s(Captain Planet) Current TV, Earth Day, and “green czars” in every level of government,we’re still not worshipping Gaia with enough fervor.

DAMN YOU ALL!


46 posted on 08/02/2012 7:51:46 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Sir Napsalot

To quote a famous first lady, “For the first time in my life, I feel proud of my country!”


47 posted on 08/02/2012 7:58:22 AM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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