Yes, there are quite a few people that still dismiss global warming as a hoax, including scientists. This is not expressing bias; this is just fact, but most of the people that do not believe in global warming or climate change happen to be republicans.
Of the seven billion people on Earth, it would be interesting to know how many believe that human-induced climate change is occurring. We need as many people as possible who understand the problem and see the need and have an ability to act to collectively solve it. The changes required are going to cause quite an upheaval in almost every industry – not least energy. I think many people simply don’t want to believe in it or perhaps cannot fathom it!
Yep, it’s true – fewer people believed that global warming was an imminent danger in 2009 than in 2008. And to be fair, these are two separate issues … whether or not global warming is occuring AT ALL, and then once we’ve accepted the fact that it is, whether or not it’s caused by mankind and our carbon footprint. As with most debates, there are the crazies on the left who say the world will end tomorrow and it’s all our fault, and there are the crazies on the right who say global warming is a hoax and if it were true, something else would be to blame. And as usual, the truth lies somewhere in between.
I think it is disingenuous and misleading to settle on the idea that there are two sides to this debate and each deserve equal media attention and consideration. Much of the media seems to think they are being objective and democratic, but we have to look at who’s on each side of the debate.
On one side there are the 99% of scientists who say global climate change is a very real problem with potentially catastrophic results and who believe the problem is being exacerbated by human induced greenhouse gas emissions.
On the other side are mostly Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin types who’s grip on reality is tenuous at best. There are also the dissenting scientists who have some problem or other with the general scientific consensus, but they seem to lack a consensus of their own. They argue with the scientific method of the findings or assert that the warming is caused by natural processes or even that the warming is beneficial, but both arguments have serious holes in their logic.
Another important question is: What are the financial motivations for denying the causes of climate change and what are the motivations for accepting the scientific findings. A global warming neigh-sayer Craig D. Idso, founder of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change has said “the rising CO2 content of the air should boost global plant productivity dramatically, enabling humanity to increase food, fiber and timber production and thereby continue to feed, clothe, and provide shelter for their still-increasing numbers … this atmospheric CO2-derived blessing is as sure as death and taxes.” If you think this is just an idiot talking, your wrong. His “center” is shown to have received contributions from the Exxon Mobile corporation of $90,000. He is a rich idiot.
With any idea there will always be people who will never believe until they see or expierience what is happening. The people who don;t believe are the ones who don’t pay attention to statistics such as airplanes are responsible for creating 12 percent of CO2 emissions from transportation sources in the U.S., and about 3 percent of the United States’ total CO2 emissions.
Of course there are still people who do not believe global warming is occurring. A Gallup poll from March 2010 shows that around 19% of people in the U.S. believe the effects of global warming will never happen. However, a greater cause for concern is that more people are taking global warming less seriously. Around 38% of people believe that global warming is not a serious problem, which includes 16% of people who believe global warming is not at all serious.
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