A growing body of poll data indicates that Americans are becoming more skeptical about claims of anthropogenic global warming. That’s partly because more people are learning about the science, and realizing that the actual evidence that supports the theory–as opposed to liberals’ lust for government takeover of the economy–is astonishingly weak, and partly because it’s hard to hide the fact that, contrary to the AGW theory, the globe isn’t getting warmer.
The Associated Press notes this trend, while doing its best to stem the tide:
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.
That’s probably because, in the time frame of the past decade, the world isn’t getting warmer.
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.
That 36 percent is pretty remarkable, given the massive propaganda effort that has been mounted over a period of decades by the big-government side. It suggests that the public is becoming more knowledgeable about climate science. The AP, though, does its best to sow ignorance:
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 reference to “melting ice caps” is false. The Antarctic ice cap has reached record size this year. The AP thinks maybe people are too distracted by the economy to care about the climate:
“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.
That’s probably true; it should be. A rational citizen, confronted with the current economy and the Democrats’ plan to impoverish us all with a multi-trillion-dollar tax on energy, would take a hard look at the evidence to see whether anthropogenic global warming is a) a reality, or b) a hoax ginned up to justify a massive federal government takeover of the economy that will shift trillions of dollars from ordinary citizens to the federal coffers and to companies and organizations with close ties to the Democratic Party. A lot of rational citizens are concluding that the right answer is b).
Most ludicrously, the AP tries to attribute AGW skepticism to “lobbying:”
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.
Actually, the “lobby groups” are nearly all on the other side. I’ve seen no reliable statistics, but would guess that more than 90 percent of the money in the global warming game is pro-AGW. The federal government alone has parceled out billions of dollars to “scientists” who are willing to toe the party line. Add to that the public schools, virtually every newspaper, all of the television networks and the Associated Press, and it is something of a miracle that so many Americans have been able to figure out that they are being lied to.
It’s almost enough to restore your faith in democracy.