Skip to comments.The Environmental Inverted Pyramid
Posted on 04/28/2009 8:29:13 AM PDT by IbJensen
This chart, adopted from a very interesting new survey (.pdf) of 2,164 American adults on climate policy, reveals part of the problem that advocates of more aggressive measures to curb climate change may be encountering as they seek to push forward initiatives like cap-and-trade.
The survey, conducted by George Mason University's Center for Climate Change Communication, reveals that Americans are concerned about global warming in the abstract -- but perhaps only in the abstract. Just 32 percent of Americans think global warming will harm them "a great deal" or a "a moderate amount" personally. The further we get out from the individual, however, the more impactful people think climate change will tend to be: more impactful on their families than themselves; more impactful on their communities than their families; more impactful on their country than their communities; more impactful than other counties than on the United States; more impactful on future generations than the present one, and finally, more impactful on plants and animals than on humans.
These beliefs are not necessarily irrational. Climate change probably will have more impact on the developing world than the developed one, and it almost certainly will have more impact on our children than it does on ourselves.
Nevertheless, the fact that fewer than a third of Americans are worried about the effects that climate change will have on them personally strikes me as significant. Although more aggressive policy responses on climate change generally poll fairly well, they are also often the first things to be sacrificed in Americans' minds when something else intervenes, such as a recession or higher energy prices. Advocates of cap-and-trade may need to find ways to personalize the terms of the debate.
It is politicized junk science for the most part
However we should all support becoming free from oil for the sake of national security. Our dependence on oil from OPEC and other sources has undermined everything this country stands for for 100 years plus.
Global warming? Bring it, eco-freekies, if you can! I’ve never had to shovel rain out of my driveway, never slippy-slid into a ditch trying to drive on plain ol’ rain, and a warmer, shorter winter means I won’t need to fell, de-limb, cut, split, stack, carry, and burn as much firewood to heat my home. Bring it.
How many times did they need to use the term “more impactful”?
Global warming is a farce. Period.
All of this crap is dreamed up by many people to get more money in the form of taxes. Al Gore, is not excluded as he has made it come to the forefront with his clueless crap.
I think that we are responsible to clean up our messes and stop throwing garbage on the streets and byways. Government plays no role in this as they foul everything up and it ultimately comes back to us paying for some bureaucracies created to siphon more money from our pockets. The stupid Congress and their ridiculous legislation is like a freight train. They keep adding cars for us to pull!
Disregard the planet’s precession which inevitably allows the planet to move closer and further from the sun due to the tilt on the earth’s axis. Disregard that we are not in e perfect circular orbit around the sun which invariably leads us to be closer and further from the sun over a twenty-six thousand year period. Ignore the fact that ice cores have shown this repeating process over time.
Disregard the fact that before over indulgent humans roamed the planet freely with 2 mpg cars and the additional carbon emitter add-on was available that throughout history there have been higher volumes of Carbon in the atmosphere without our intervention. To the loony left’s surprise, the earth is still here.
So, please continue to be uneducated sheep so the government can once again screw us over. I am amazed that a country who appeared above average in intelligence at one time, now buys into every piece of crap that is fed to them. You are caught up in what the television feeds to you (Corporate Owned Media) or what any one of us idiots feeds to you over the internet (Al Gore’s creation).
Anyway, remember to be a responsible human or one day you may have the government taxing you for wiping you ass.
(In the USA)
Yeah of course drill here but also do nuclear and battery technology—anything to get us off the oil dependancy on the middle east muslims.
We are simply funding terror adn the devil by not doing the above.
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