Skip to comments.Personal efficacy, the information environment, and attitudes toward global warming
Posted on 03/02/2008 8:36:12 AM PST by qam1
Department of Political Science, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA.
Despite the growing scientific consensus about the risks of global warming and climate change, the mass media frequently portray the subject as one of great scientific controversy and debate.
And yet previous studies of the mass public's subjective assessments of the risks of global warming and climate change have not sufficiently examined public informedness, public confidence in climate scientists, and the role of personal efficacy in affecting global warming outcomes. By examining the results of a survey on an original and representative sample of Americans, we find that these three forces-informedness, confidence in scientists, and personal efficacy-are related in interesting and unexpected ways, and exert significant influence on risk assessments of global warming and climate change.
In particular, more informed respondents both feel less personally responsible for global warming, and also show less concern for global warming. We also find that confidence in scientists has unexpected effects: respondents with high confidence in scientists feel less responsible for global warming, and also show less concern for global warming. These results have substantial implications for the interaction between scientists and the public in general, and for the public discussion of global warming and climate change in particular.
PMID: 18304110 [PubMed - in process]
We also find that confidence in scientists has unexpected effects: respondents with high confidence in scientists feel less responsible for global warming, and also show less concern for global warming.
In other words the more people know about global warming - The more they realize it to be the hoax that it is.
In particular, more informed respondents both feel less personally responsible for global warming, and also show less concern for global warming.
Link to the full text of the study
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When you start with a false premise, all that follows cannot be factual.
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It's a "twofur." First of all, it makes fun of the enviro nutjobs and the politicos who are imposing this inane mandate on all and secondly, it inserts the pointy end of a sharp stick in eyes of all pro abortion advocates.
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1. Many times in the past the Earth has been much warmer and much cooler than it is today. What is the appropriate or normal temperature of the Earth and how do you know?
2. There have been dozens of times in the past few hundred thousand years when there has been as much as a mile of ice over what is now Central Park in New York. Was the global warming that melted that ice a good thing or a bad thing and why?
3. Mars, Venus and the moon and other solar system bodies for which we have baseline information are also warming. Doesnt it make sense that whatever is warming them is what is warming the Earth instead of human activity?
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