In recent months, a key trend in American public opinion has emerged: voters are catching on to the global warming scam. It’s hard to say why this is happening; certainly not because news coverage has gotten any more unbiased or scientifically accurate. Nevertheless, somehow the word is getting out: the alarmists are all wet.
Today’s Rasmussen survey finds that public opinion is turning decisively against global warming alarmism, with 48 percent now attributing climate changes to “long-term planetary trends,” with only 34 percent blaming “human activity.” Only a year ago, those numbers were reversed. To be sure, there is plenty of room for more education; 62 percent say that global warming is at least a “somewhat serious” problem. But if it is driven mostly by natural cycles, it would be foolish in the extreme to hobble our economy with a pointless tax on carbon.
Members of the “political class” still buy into the alarmist theory, with 48 percent holding out for the “human activity” option. No surprise there: there is lots of money and power in it for them. But as far as the American people are concerned, the politicians and politicized scientists appear to be losing the argument.