Monday, July 13, 2009

Americans still confused about global warming

A recipe for climate disruption:

  • Take the American public
  • Add 10-plus years of slick global warming disinformation campaigns aimed at both pubilc and journalists
  • Season with gaps in science education

Stir vigorously to blend.

The result: A populace that -- at the same time it's burning enormous quantities of oil and coal, which produces most of the excess heat-trapping greenhouse gas pollution in the atmosphere -- remains uncertain, doubtful, and sometimes significantly misinformed when it comes to both the science and the reality of global warming.

Serves one planet, badly.

There's apparently a huge gap between what scientists understand about human-propelled global warming, and what the public understands. According to the latest Pew Research Center science survey (done jointly with the American Association for the Advancement of Science), 35% of the public believes that "scientists do not generally agree" that the earth is getting warmer because of human activity. That is, just over a third of adult Americans believe there is still significant disagreement among scientists about the extent of human-propelled global warming. (This number is up from 29% in Pew's 2006 survey.)

However, Pew found that among scientists, 84% agree that human activities, such as burning fossil fuels, are primarily what's causing the Earth's surface temperature to rise. Put another way, with more than 8 in 10 scientists agreeing on both the reality and the causes of climate change, there is no longer "significant disagreement" in the field.

However, just 49% of the public agree that human activities are changing the climate.

These findings demonstrate just how big a challenge sits before political leaders, journalists, scientists, educators, and fellow citizens to educate the public, and get effective clean energy and climate policies enacted in the US.

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As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.