new poll out on climate change views

64% believe the planet is warming

47% believe it is human caused

And the worst..the one that shows either we aren’t doing our job, or vested interests are doing a better job (probably a bit of both):

Only 39% believe that “most scientists think global warming is happening”

It continues to frustrate me that the media still uses the phrase “global warming” when they should be saying “climate change” but if you want to read more, check the nytimes article here:

Among some of the great comments, is this lovely one:

In April of 1998, the New York Times ran an article about the American Petroleum Institute outlining a very specific and detailed plan by oil and gas industry representatives to invest millions of dollars in an effort to undermine support for the Kyoto Protocol and discredit the scientific consensus opinion that greenhouse gases are causing the planet to warm.

OR here for the actual scanned document

They called it the “Global Climate Science Communications Action Plan.”

It notes that,

“There has been little, if any, public resistance or pressure applied to Congress to reject the treaty, except by those ‘inside the Beltway’ with vested interests.”

The New York Times reported that according to the document, a key component of the plan would be to “maximize the impact of scientific views consistent with ours on Congress, the media, and other key audiences.

That and similar efforts have been quite successful in the United States.

Specifically the plan states:

”To do this, they would “recruit a cadre of scientists who share the industry’s views of climate science and to train them in public relations so they can help convince journalists, politicians and the public that the risk of global warming is too uncertain to justify controls on greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide that trap the sun’s heat.”

Currently, the cadre of scientists who share the industry’s views of climate science equates to about 2% of below par researchers.

Anderegg, Prall, Harold, and Schneider, 2010

A 2010 paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States reviewed publication and citation data for 1,372 climate researchers and resulted in the following two conclusions:

(i) 97–98% of the climate researchers most actively publishing in the field support the tenets of ACC (Anthropogenic Climate Change) outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

(ii) the relative climate expertise and scientific prominence of the researchers unconvinced of ACC are substantially below that of the convinced researchers.

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One Response to new poll out on climate change views

  1. john1field says:

    There’s a silver lining though:
    “Overall levels of trust remain high, however, for scientists (76%) and for federal agencies that deal with climate change, such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (76%); the National Park Service (73%); the Center for Disease Control (69%); the Environmental Protection Agency (62%); and the Department of Energy (59%). President Obama is trusted as a source of information on global warming by 46 percent of Americans, while only 36 percent trust their own U.S. Congressman/Congresswoman.”

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