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Generation X ambivalent about climate change, study shows (Panic!)
annarbor.com ^ | 7-21-2012 | Amy Biolchini

Posted on 07/22/2012 8:15:01 AM PDT by Darren McCarty

A new study by a University of Michigan professor shows Americans between the ages of 32 and 52 - a group referred to as Generation X - have said they don’t really care when it comes to matters of climate change and the environment.

Jon D. Miller directs the Longitudinal Study of American Youth at the U-M Institute for Social Research and released a quarterly report this week. The research has been funded by the National Science Foundation since 1986.

Generation X, which consists of people born between the years of the mid-1960s to the early 1980s, apparently cares much less about climate change issues than researchers anticipated.

When polled on issues like use of fossil fuels, the state of global warming and alternative energy sources, Generation X-ers responded with middle-of-the-road answers that showed they neither strongly agreed nor strongly disagreed.

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“These results are not comforting to those of us who worry about the health of American democracy in the 21st century,” Miller wrote in the report.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: climatechange; globalwarming; michigan
Most of us know BS when we see it.
1 posted on 07/22/2012 8:15:07 AM PDT by Darren McCarty
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To: Darren McCarty

that’s because we remember being scared about the 2nd ice age in the mid 70s


2 posted on 07/22/2012 8:19:33 AM PDT by Jeff Vader (voting for romney, would much rather have Sarah Palin)
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To: Darren McCarty

When people tell me the current hot dry summer is related to climate change, I tell the to learn a bit about the 1930s dust bowl years.


3 posted on 07/22/2012 8:21:42 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Darren McCarty

We’re still wondering what happened to acid rain.


4 posted on 07/22/2012 8:22:10 AM PDT by HelloooClareece ("We make war that we may live in peace". Aristotle)
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To: nascarnation

Or 1988.


5 posted on 07/22/2012 8:24:08 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (Holding my nose one more time to get rid of Eric Holder)
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To: Darren McCarty

We, for the most part, aren’t morons.


6 posted on 07/22/2012 8:28:23 AM PDT by Shady (The Tea Party is the Party of the American People, Working and creating wealth in SPITE of OBAMA!)
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To: Darren McCarty

People of that age are concerned with keeping or finding a job not some hoax.


7 posted on 07/22/2012 8:30:24 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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A lot of Gen-Xers were still getting some critical thinking skills at home and in school. They recognize qualifiers in statements as well as pieces of evidence that don't fit and shouldn't be there.

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8 posted on 07/22/2012 8:31:30 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: Darren McCarty

hence my screen name


9 posted on 07/22/2012 8:31:58 AM PDT by ReaganGeneration2
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To: Jeff Vader

And thankfully we were too young to get suckered into the Marxist-driven flower power garbage.


10 posted on 07/22/2012 8:33:50 AM PDT by Windcatcher (Obama is a COMMUNIST and the MSM is his armband-wearing propaganda machine.)
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To: Darren McCarty
A new study by a University of Michigan professor shows Americans between the ages of 32 and 52 - a group referred to as Generation X . . . Generation X, which consists of people born between the years of the mid-1960s to the early 1980s . . .

The scientists and journalists who agitate in favor of Global Warming "science" might be more believable if they could do basic arithmetic. Age 32 would be born in 1979/1980, which only by a stretch qualifies as "the early 1980s", but those age 52 would be born in 1959/1960, which does not qualify as "the mid-1960s". I remember when real scientists considered math a basic tool of the trade and would be embarrassed by such an absurd error - and would verbally beat down a faker who couldn't do math.

11 posted on 07/22/2012 8:37:06 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Darren McCarty
“These results are not comforting to those of us who worry about the health of American democracy in the 21st century,” Miller wrote in the report.

So you either have to strongly agree or disagree on "climate change" to have a healthy democracy... WTF??

12 posted on 07/22/2012 8:38:20 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: DTogo

They’re afraid thst if we’re not buying the Socialism-driven global warming BS we might not buy the Socialism-driven Obama BS in November.


13 posted on 07/22/2012 8:42:54 AM PDT by Windcatcher (Obama is a COMMUNIST and the MSM is his armband-wearing propaganda machine.)
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To: Darren McCarty

So not everyone is whipped into the frenzy they’ve promoted?


14 posted on 07/22/2012 8:43:19 AM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: Pollster1

Well done. Beat me to it.


15 posted on 07/22/2012 8:44:10 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Roger Taney? Not a bad Chief Justice. John Roberts? A really awful Chief Justice.)
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To: Darren McCarty

Well, Generation X is supposed to be cynical....


16 posted on 07/22/2012 8:44:15 AM PDT by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: Darren McCarty
I always hear about the drought of '88 because that is when I was born.

Mother told me that the 24th of June was the Hottest day that year and 10 days later when I was brought home the drought broke and it Rained, Rained, and Rained some more.

17 posted on 07/22/2012 8:44:34 AM PDT by KC_Lion (The Supreme Court issued their ruling on Obamacare. Soon, We the People shall issue ours.)
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To: Pollster1
The scientists and journalists who agitate in favor of Global Warming "science" might be more believable if they could do basic arithmetic. Age 32 would be born in 1979/1980, which only by a stretch qualifies as "the early 1980s", but those age 52 would be born in 1959/1960, which does not qualify as "the mid-1960s". I remember when real scientists considered math a basic tool of the trade and would be embarrassed by such an absurd error - and would verbally beat down a faker who couldn't do math. ------------- ..and these are the tools that completely understand a ridiculously complex subject like Global Climate. Uh-huh.....
18 posted on 07/22/2012 8:46:38 AM PDT by 98ZJ USMC
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To: Jeff Vader

“These results are not comforting to those of us who worry about the health of American democracy in the 21st century,”


Au contraire, mon dork. I find them particularly encouraging. Unless, of course Democracy equals retarded sheep.


19 posted on 07/22/2012 8:51:36 AM PDT by 98ZJ USMC
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To: KC_Lion

I always tell people that I can prove that mice can breathe under water for many days if they would kindly overlook how many fish I include in the sample.


20 posted on 07/22/2012 8:57:39 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: Darren McCarty

***Or 1988.***

I still have two small books somewhere on 88 Reasons why the Rapture will occur in 1988.


21 posted on 07/22/2012 9:02:21 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (I LIKE ART! Click my name. See my web page.)
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To: DTogo
So you either have to strongly agree or disagree on "climate change" to have a healthy democracy... WTF??

They're really worried about not getting their way.

22 posted on 07/22/2012 9:07:04 AM PDT by danielmryan
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To: Darren McCarty

The globalist warming scam is old and boring. We need instant catastrophe for instant gratification, and we don’t want to be inconvenienced by it.


23 posted on 07/22/2012 9:30:02 AM PDT by pallis
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To: 98ZJ USMC
...and these are the tools that completely understand a ridiculously complex subject like Global Climate. Uh-huh.....

I have been to several conferences on AGW, mainly to get the scoop straight from the "experts", to see if I'm missing something (yep, that's the scientist in me, questioning my own knowledge and assumptions). They can't do the math and don't even understand what math it is that they can't do. These people inherently assume a linear model for a highly non-linear system, and they don't acknowledge that there is a fundamental problem with that assumption. As for their application of statistics, any professor who allowed a student to pass with the level of knowledge shown in the AGW community should be ashamed.

24 posted on 07/22/2012 9:40:34 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Darren McCarty
The Longitudinal Study of American Youth at the U-M Institute for Social Research.

I didn't know we had or really needed one of those.

25 posted on 07/22/2012 9:43:15 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Without the Second Amendment, the other twenty-six will cease to exist.)
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To: Darren McCarty

Bookmark


26 posted on 07/22/2012 9:44:06 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: cripplecreek
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So you are saying....they were playing...

Catfish and Mousefish?

27 posted on 07/22/2012 9:45:44 AM PDT by KC_Lion (The Supreme Court issued their ruling on Obamacare. Soon, We the People shall issue ours.)
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To: Darren McCarty
When I hear people who haven't been in Texas very long say that globull warming must be true because it's so hot, I just laugh at them.
28 posted on 07/22/2012 9:47:51 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: 98ZJ USMC

I think you meant to respond to someone else, I didn’t say that


29 posted on 07/22/2012 9:50:14 AM PDT by Jeff Vader (voting for romney, would much rather have Sarah Palin)
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To: Darren McCarty

I’m not ambivalent to climate change at all.

I’m absolutely hostile to it, because I’m not a brain dead, indoctrinated moron.


30 posted on 07/22/2012 10:25:33 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Darren McCarty

Gen-Xers were heavily saturated as children with toy ads that never lived up to the hype. They clued in through practical experience that most media is designed to manipulate and sell something, thus their built in cynicism. The global “state-of-fear” warmists/alarmists have met the immovable object but they still have the twenty-somethings to keep working on.


31 posted on 07/22/2012 11:03:34 AM PDT by Gen-X-Dad
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To: 98ZJ USMC

I caught that too. I was thinking ‘Wow, I’m 55. I didn’t know that I was so close to being a generation Xer’.


32 posted on 07/22/2012 11:33:46 AM PDT by Right Brother
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33 posted on 07/22/2012 1:12:55 PM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: qam1
This Xer never, ever bought that nonsense.


34 posted on 07/22/2012 1:46:52 PM PDT by rdb3 (We need Ward Cleaver for President. We already have Eddie Haskell. (ATB))
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To: Jeff Vader

As time goes by, the terrible predictions we heard haven’t come true while the predictions become more dire, from flooded coastal real estate to the whole world will drown, from no more rain forest to all life on earth goes extinct.
I confronted one of my kids’ teachers, around Earth day with my oldest’s pre-K or Kindergarten. “Don’t you believe in climate change?”
“Sure. Spring, summer, winter, fall. And my daughter should never come home thinking she hurt the Earth or turning off all the lights and tripping because the planet will die if she doesn’t.”


35 posted on 07/22/2012 2:05:17 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: Gen-X-Dad

That and Skylab was supposed to fall on our heads.


36 posted on 07/22/2012 2:19:04 PM PDT by sf4dubya (I rebelled against my parents by becoming a conservative)
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To: GenXteacher

“Well, Generation X is supposed to be cynical....”

This Gen-Xer is. :) As mentioned earlier, a lot of us are old enough to have been taught how (as opposed to what) to think in school.


37 posted on 07/22/2012 6:06:16 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (If you're gonna die, die with your boots on...)
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To: Darren McCarty

“...they don’t really care when it comes to matters of climate change and the environment.”

I do. I say, “screw all the Earth-worshippers and down with their damned unconstitutional laws”. I am SO sick of the constant condescending “green”(red)-peddling in EVERY single GD facet of society now.

“These results are not comforting to those of us who worry about the health of American democracy in the 21st century,”

What the hell does “being green(red)” have to do with “democracy”? (And, watch the misnomer buzzword “democracy” - you know you’re dealing with a closet commie.)


38 posted on 07/22/2012 9:12:24 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: chris37

Your post is subject to many different interpretations.


39 posted on 07/22/2012 9:33:36 PM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: chris37

They failed to brainwash me, they missed me because of just sheer luck on timing of when I was in school and the fact that I had ADhD, had they even tried I wasn’t paying attention.

I was done with education mostly by the time the DoEd fully cemented their manufacturing of little green commmie morons.


40 posted on 07/22/2012 10:41:28 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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So we Gen-X-ers are not worrying about it too much? Boo-hoo.

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41 posted on 07/23/2012 2:58:08 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Obama should change his campaign slogan to "Yes, we am!" Sounds as stupid as his administration is.)
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To: Pollster1

I don’t know about the ones born after 1975, but people who were coming of age around the 1970’s probably remember the scares about global cooling. Many of us have developed some skepticism about anyone predicting the end of the world


42 posted on 07/23/2012 5:35:48 PM PDT by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: Pollster1

Thank you. You beat me to it.


43 posted on 07/23/2012 7:45:38 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: HelloooClareece
We’re still wondering what happened to acid rain.

Yeah, and the BIG hole in the ozone layer... remember, everyone was going to be sunburned? Animals would die from it - plants would burn up... Liberals and their unending scare tactics.

44 posted on 07/23/2012 8:24:12 PM PDT by GOPJ (Political correctness is simply George Orwell's Newspeak by a non-threatening name. FR- Bernard Marx)
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Thanks Darren McCarty.
...they don't really care when it comes to matters of climate change and the environment. Jon D. Miller directs the Longitudinal Study of American Youth at the U-M Institute for Social Research... Generation X-ers responded with middle-of-the-road answers that showed they neither strongly agreed nor strongly disagreed... "These results are not comforting to those of us who worry about the health of American democracy in the 21st century," Miller wrote in the report.
What a lying pile he is.


45 posted on 07/23/2012 8:42:26 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Right Brother

I caught that too. I was thinking ‘Wow, I’m 55. I didn’t know that I was so close to being a generation Xer’.>>>>>>>>>>

I’m 49 and am so very happy to be finally counted as a gen x-er and not included in the hated boomer demographic which I never identified with.


46 posted on 07/23/2012 10:42:42 PM PDT by JPJones (Frodo Lives!)
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To: GOPJ

Yeah, and the BIG hole in the ozone layer... remember, everyone was going to be sunburned? Animals would die from it - plants would burn up... Liberals and their unending scare tactics.>>>>>>>>

Ironically there was a study not too long ago that showed that the increase in Co2 was helping to close the ozone hole over the antarctic.


47 posted on 07/23/2012 10:45:41 PM PDT by JPJones (Frodo Lives!)
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