Americans' Global Warming Concerns Continue to Drop

pollMultiple indicators show less concern, more feelings that global warming is exaggerated

By Frank Newport

Gallup’s annual update on Americans’ attitudes toward the environment shows a public that over the last two years has become less worried about the threat of global warming, less convinced that its effects are already happening, and more likely to believe that scientists themselves are uncertain about its occurrence. In response to one key question, 48% of Americans now believe that the seriousness of global warming is generally exaggerated, up from 41% in 2009 and 31% in 1997, when Gallup first asked the question.

Read the rest and see the charts at Gallop.

  • Neil F. AGWD/BSD

    It seems to me a CONSENSUS is growing? Yes?

  • Hal Groar

    I agree, does that make a consensus? I think the trend will continue at least until August when the next green party in MEXICO fires up. Then the propaganda will begin to fly again.

  • Rob N. Hood

    No need to worry too much. The ill-funded and ragtag Greenies are not a real threat to the status quo. The status quo will prevail- it always does.

    There’s old saying: power corrupts. And a new Columbia Business School study titled, “People with Power are Better Liars,” finds there may be some truth behind the cliché.

    “People in power are able to lie better,” said Dana Carney, a management professor at Columbia Business School and one of the co-authors of the study. “It just doesn’t hurt them as much to do it.”

    • Neil F. AGWD/BSD

      “Carney and the other researchers, Andy Yap, Brian Lucas and Pranjal Mehta, used volunteers who were told they were either leaders or subordinates. The leaders were given a large office, and the subordinates given a small windowless space.”

      So the study you cite did not actually study “powerful” people. They studied volunteers who were told that they were either leaders or subordinates. And then they were told to find $100 bucks that was hidden nearby, and half were told to put it back, and the other half was told to keep it and lie about it.
      Gee I wonder if she said this to the volunteers before the study:

      “We know that high-powered people do crazy, bad stuff,” she said. “I think reminding a person that the behavior is bad can get them to stop engaging in those transgressions.”

      So, were the results of the experiment definitive?

      “How does this all translate into the real world? Carney said the research doesn’t show that power leads to lying, but it does suggest dishonesty comes easier to those in power.”

      Oh, it “suggests” dishonesty comes eisier to those in power.
      I am left wondering how many times this experiment was duplicated. Was it peer reviewed? Does this even rise to the level of a “study”?
      So, what we have here is an experiment, with the experimentors having a pre-concieved idea of what the experiment should show, and the subjects of the experiment being volunteers who were assigned either as leaders or subordinates and not actually being either!

      Ohhhhhh! Rob? If you are trying to point out that it is the same kind of junk science used in AGW climate research…. Bravo, you really are a genious!!!!!

  • paul wenum

    What the hell does your comments relate to the issue at hand??

  • Rob N. Hood

    Only everything.

  • paul wenum

    What’s the problem? Can’t focus?

  • Cubanshamoo

    For Rob: Proverbs 18, verses 1-2, “Unfriendly people care only about themselves; they lash out at common sense. Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.”

  • Rob N. Hood

    Funny- that could be directed at you, Cubanshamoo, but you don’t see it, can’t see it. One reason why? Read on…

    Maybe I was referring above to the those who are promoting global warming. I didn’t say, did I? Nope. Just a comment about human nature and those with power. You all jumped to conclsuions and attacked me. What does that say about you? Maybe Proverbs 18 verses 1-2 says it best. I agree with you on that.

  • Cubanshamoo

    Too easy: read the Bibble stupid!!!

  • Rob N. Hood

    Can’t fine Bibble on or in the library. Sorry. Sounds like a good read though.

  • paul wenum

    I cannot believe that you make a statement like that just before “Easter.” It’s apparent that you are not religious. Even it you are, you don’t disrespect someone for reading/quoting the Bible. These are true thoughts from a simple man with a simple statement just like me. Take it for what it’s worth. Knowing you, you could care less. By the way, the Bible is a “Great Read.”

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