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U.S. belief in global warming is cooling

October 23, 2009

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Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang, second from left, greets the audience Thursday attending the U.S.-China Strategic Forum on Clean Energy Cooperation in Beijing and is welcomed by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, left; Chairman of the Board of the Brookings Institute John Thornton, second from right; and an unidentified man at right. Just 57 percent of Americans now think global warming is based on solid evidence.

Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang, second from left, greets the audience Thursday attending the U.S.-China Strategic Forum on Clean Energy Cooperation in Beijing and is welcomed by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, left; Chairman of the Board of the Brookings Institute John Thornton, second from right; and an unidentified man at right. Just 57 percent of Americans now think global warming is based on solid evidence.

— Americans seem to be cooling toward global warming.

Just 57 percent think there is solid evidence the world is getting warmer, down 20 points in just three years, a new poll says. And the share of people who believe pollution caused by humans is causing temperatures to rise has also taken a dip, even as the U.S. and world forums gear up for possible action against climate change.

In a poll of 1,500 adults by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, released Thursday, the number of people saying there is strong scientific evidence that the Earth has gotten warmer over the past few decades is down from 71 percent in April of last year and from 77 percent when Pew started asking the question in 2006. The number of people who see the situation as a serious problem also has declined.

The steepest drop has occurred during the past year, as Congress and the Obama administration have taken steps to control heat-trapping emissions for the first time and international negotiations for a new treaty to slow global warming have been under way. At the same time, there has been mounting scientific evidence of climate change — from melting ice caps to the world’s oceans hitting the highest monthly recorded temperatures this summer.

The poll was released a day after 18 scientific organizations wrote Congress to reaffirm the consensus behind global warming. A federal government report Thursday found that global warming is upsetting the Arctic’s thermostat.

Only about a third, or 36 percent of the respondents, feel that human activities — such as pollution from power plants, factories and automobiles — are behind a temperature increase. That’s down from 47 percent from 2006 through last year’s poll.

“The priority that people give to pollution and environmental concerns and a whole host of other issues is down because of the economy and because of the focus on other things,” suggested Andrew Kohut, the director of the research center, which conducted the poll from Sept. 30 to Oct. 4. “When the focus is on other things, people forget and see these issues as less grave.”

Andrew Weaver, a professor of climate analysis at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, said politics could be drowning out scientific awareness.

“It’s a combination of poor communication by scientists, a lousy summer in the Eastern United States, people mixing up weather and climate and a full-court press by public relations firms and lobby groups trying to instill a sense of uncertainty and confusion in the public,” he said.

Political breakdowns in the survey underscore how tough it could be to enact a law limiting pollution emissions blamed for warming. Although three-quarters of Democrats believe the evidence of a warming planet is solid, and nearly half believe the problem is serious, far fewer conservative and moderate Democrats see the problem as grave. Fifty-seven percent of Republicans say there is no solid evidence of global warming, up from 31 percent in early 2007.

Though there are exceptions, the vast majority of scientists agree that global warming is occurring and that the primary cause is a buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels, such as oil and coal.

Jane Lubchenco, head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told a business group meeting at the White House Thursday: “The science is pretty clear that the climate challenge before us is very real. We’re already seeing impacts of climate change in our own backyards.”

Despite misgivings about the science, half the respondents still say they support limits on greenhouse gases, even if they could lead to higher energy prices. And a majority — 56 percent — feel the United States should join other countries in setting standards to address global climate change.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 11 months ago

This quote pretty well sums it up--

"Andrew Weaver, a professor of climate analysis at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, said politics could be drowning out scientific awareness.

“It’s a combination of poor communication by scientists, a lousy summer in the Eastern United States, people mixing up weather and climate and a full-court press by public relations firms and lobby groups trying to instill a sense of uncertainty and confusion in the public,” he said."

A carbon tax and a carbon tariff is the way to go.

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 11 months ago

The fact that the Earth isn't getting warmer will have that sort of effect on people's beliefs.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 11 months ago

"The fact"

Too bad that the actual scientific data doesn't support your willful ignorance. (or maybe you really just can't help being ignorant.)

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 11 months ago

That's a political solution, based on the scientific evidence, not the cart you want to claim is in front of the horse, BS.

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mickeyrat 4 years, 11 months ago

Does anyone here really think that if a poll showed the majority of people thought the world was flat, that the world would somehow be flat?

A smaller majority "believing" in global warming doesn't change a single fact... it simply changes the politics of the issue.

If one thinks a poll result "proves" Al Gore wrong, well... maybe they should consider convincing everyone that terrorists and weapons of mass destruction don't exist, then poof magic! ...no worries!

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SettingTheRecordStraight 4 years, 11 months ago

“Andrew Weaver, a professor of climate analysis at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, said politics could be drowning out scientific awareness."

In other new, Mr. Weaver's governemnt job and the government funding for his research depend upon furthering global warming hysteria. It's completely disingenuous for him to complain about the politics behind global warming fears.

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anghe8562 4 years, 11 months ago

And, you forgot to mention Mr. Gore's interests are at stake with his company over in England...give me a break!

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Richard Heckler 4 years, 11 months ago

Global Warming FAQ

  1. How do we know that humans are the major cause of global warming?
  2. Why does CO2 get most of the attention when there are so many other heat-trapping gases (greenhouse gases)?
  3. What is the latest climate science?
  4. Does air pollution—specifically particulate matter (aerosols)—affect global warming?
  5. How does the sun affect our climate?
  6. Is there a connection between the hole in the ozone layer and global warming?
  7. What is the best source of scientific information on global warming?
  8. Will responding to global warming be harmful to our economy?
  9. What are the options for the vast stores of coal around the world?
  10. Is global warming already happening?
  11. More questions?

http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/science_and_impacts/science/

Union of Concerned Scientists

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 11 months ago

Our bozo, once again defending the indefensible. BTW, if there was such a thing as human-caused global warming, internal-combustion lawnmowers would be the main cause.

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tbaker 4 years, 11 months ago

When one considers the many misrepresentations and the complete absence of clean, supporting data, the so-called "science" Gore and others use to support their global warming argument has hardly been "settled." It has yet to even be be addressed.

Owl Gore and his supporting cast continues to refuse to publicly debate scientists who don't believe in Global Warming.

That should tell people all they need to know about the man and his ideas.

The Earth has actually been cooling the past several years. This is nothing more than another attempt to control people, amass more power, and confiscate untold amounts of money from the private sector.

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 11 months ago

“...the warmest year recorded globally was not in 2008 or 2007, but in 1998. But it is true. For the last 11 years we have not observed any increase in global temperatures. And our climate models did not forecast it, even though man-made carbon dioxide, the gas thought to be responsible for warming our planet, has continued to rise. So what on Earth is going on? “

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8299079.stm

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Satirical 4 years, 11 months ago

Snap!

I was just about to post that same link! I even looked through several pages of my comments to find where I posted it earlier. Darn you! : )

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Satirical 4 years, 11 months ago

Don’t you love how the AP tries to imply Obama is responsible for the drop in people believing the Earth is getting warmer…

“The steepest drop has occurred during the past year, as Congress and the Obama administration have taken steps to control heat-trapping emissions for the first time and international negotiations for a new treaty to slow global warming have been under way.”

Gotta love the AP.

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bankboy119 4 years, 11 months ago

Here's what I don't understand.

The earth is 4+ billion years old right?(I don't believe it but for argument's sake ok)

We have....100-150 years worth of weather data?

How in the world can you base claims of "global warming" off of 0.00000375% of the data? (Somebody check my zeroes)

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Satirical 4 years, 11 months ago

bankboy119... "How in the world can you base claims of “global warming” off of 0.00000375% of the data?"

The reason is because liberals don't need facts to support their radical socialist agenda. The opposite is closer to the truth - facts are like kryptonite to most liberals.

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Stuart Evans 4 years, 11 months ago

bankboy, you don't believe that the earth is over 4billion years old? are you a 5,000 - 6,000 year type of person?

The way they check historical figures on climate change are by drilling core samples from ice sheets. These core samples reveal air bubbles which contain atmospheric condition material. so they can determine how things were in the air thousands of years ago.

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1029 4 years, 11 months ago

"belief"?

Yeah, I bet if you polled every American, the majority would say that the Earth is flat. The average American just isn't very smart, and it's important to always be aware of that fact.

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pace 4 years, 11 months ago

Feelings, feelings, how do I feel, what does the poll say? Economics, politics aren't determining factors for me on global warming.

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sfjayhawk 4 years, 11 months ago

There is no global warming, the earth is flat and the president was born in Timbuktu. With that statement I now qualify to run for president on the republican ticket. Hooray Me!

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Satirical 4 years, 11 months ago

sfjayhawk...

LOL. While I obviously disagree with your assertion, that was actually pretty funny.

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gphawk89 4 years, 11 months ago

"One down, one to go…….when Americans figure out Obama is a fraud."

Well, more like several more to go. But one down is a good start...

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 11 months ago

Pigrim-- recognizing your basic stupidity isn't elitist-- merely observant.

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fuel_for_the_fire 4 years, 11 months ago

The average American just isn't very smart, and it's important to always be aware of that fact.

Thanks for the laugh-out-loud moment, 1029.

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Bill Griffith 4 years, 11 months ago

Why was there not an outcry in the seventies over scientific conspiracy concerning global cooling? I mean, the way science collects facts and the funding mechanisms they work with haven't really changed since then. I know skeptics point to assertions of global cooling from the seventies to attempt to weaken climate science today, so this should be relevant. Anybody?

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Bill Griffith 4 years, 11 months ago

I just stumbled upon a poll result reported on the "Daily Dish", Andrew Sullivan's blog from Dave Roberts who mentions that 39 percent of Americans believe in the theory of evolution. That sheds some interesting light on a number of 57% believing in climate change. I wonder what the figure for belief in evolution would be if some of our largest corporations made a concerted effort of misinformation on this long-adopted process of life?

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notajayhawk 4 years, 11 months ago

The earth has been going through cyclical changes in temperature for millions of years, when the only way fossil fuels got burned is if they got struck by lightning while they were out grazing. It is nothing more than hubris to think man can control the climate of the planet.


Pilgrim2 (Anonymous) says…

"Goes right along with the looney left campaign motto: You're an idiot! Vote for me!"

And they did, too!


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus (Anonymous) says…

“Andrew Weaver, a professor of climate analysis at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, said politics could be drowning out scientific awareness.

“It’s a combination of poor communication by scientists, a lousy summer in the Eastern United States, people mixing up weather and climate and a full-court press by public relations firms and lobby groups trying to instill a sense of uncertainty and confusion in the public,” he said.”

Thanks, boohoozo, that's a very clear and concise explanation of why people bought into the whole AGW bullcr*p in the first place.

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