• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • Global Warming Not a Priority

    In Tuesday’s inaugural address, President Barack Obama delivered the following words:

    Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America — they will be met.”

    The question remains: which of these challenges is our nation’s top priority? Unsurprisingly, according to the latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, the American people feel the economy takes precedence.

    What is surprising, however, is where global warming landed on the list. Dead last. 20th out of 20. Only 30% of Americans feel global warming should be a top priority while 85% rate the economy as a top priority. Global warming falls well behind jobs, social security, education and energy, and it even falls behind moral decline, lobbyists and trade policy. If dealing with lobbyists are a higher priority than global warming, frankly I’m surprised that the digital TV transition switch, Congress’s investigation of steroids in baseball or making ALF our national mascot aren’t up there, either.

    In all seriousness, it does show that the momentum is changing. The apocalyptic fear mongering has dissipated and more scientists are questioning the science. The debate is far from over.

    Even the general public is challenging the cause of global warming. According to a Rasmussen poll,

    Forty-four percent (44%) of U.S. voters now say long-term planetary trends are the cause of global warming, compared to 41% who blame it on human activity. In July 2006, 46% of voters said global warming is caused primarily by human activities, while 35% said it is due to long-term planetary trends.”

    Politically, the debate is far from over as well. California Rep. Henry Waxman, chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee, would like to have global warming legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by Memorial Day. Despite global warming not being a priority in the public’s eye, it might be in the eyes of certain politicians.

    Whether the U.S. economy comes out of the recession by Memorial Day remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure: global warming legislation will not help. The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis calculated the costs of global warming legislation in the U.S. alone and the cumulative GDP losses for 2010 to 2029 approach $7 trillion. Single-year losses exceed $600 billion in 2029, more than $5,000 per household. Annual job losses exceed 800,000 for several years. That’s a scary price to pay for what little, if any, environmental benefits we receive.

    Global warming dissent and skepticism should not be suppressed. But the reality is once Congress enacts legislation to combat global warming, it will be extremely difficult to repeal – like most other bills. What happens if we enter into a period of global cooling? Given the track record of Congress, it wouldn’t surprise me if we somehow had global warming and global cooling laws on the books at the same time.

    Posted in Energy [slideshow_deploy]

    9 Responses to Global Warming Not a Priority

    1. Ozzy6900, CT (The Bl says:

      Global Warming

      A cry in the night by a politician (Al Gore), not a scientist! His BS and false reports corralled many a curious on-looker until he got a few scientists to believe his claims (they must be dumber than he is). Once he got enough momentum, he was able to take the whole shebang global.

      Now he and others are screaming "It's the end of the world unless you do these things". And every one of "these things" equate to one thing and one thing only. TAXES!

      Carbon footprints will be reduced to taxation. We will have to pay just to exhale! No one will be excused – that is unless you purchase Carbon Credits – you guessed it…. ANOTHER TAX!

      It is amazing what a brainless politician will stoop to. What is sad are the lemmings that follow the brainless politician!

    2. Patrick Bell, Vienna says:

      The NYT has a post up at their Dot Earth blog on the same report. Many of the contacts I've interviewed here in Austria feel that public support for tough restrictions on carbon is also waning in Europe. The hope seems to be that the Obama Administration will carry the proverbial torch on this issue.

    3. catherine M. Oary, J says:

      The Global Warming! The Sky is Falling! At 1 degree Farenheit per one hundred years, I think frankly we can assume that it is false. I do not believe for one moment it is a subject that requires dire attention. I do believe it is a liberal agenda to make us believe it so we will listen to their agenda's on spending and justify the amounts of money being spent. Needless to say that the pork that will be added to their spending is uncalled for. An example of that might be that we need to change some of these projects in leu because we must make them green. This is not the point, we must make our United States greener so that we do not depend on foreign supplies of energy products. That is the truth that I can believe in. So what if foreigners decide to cut our energy supply off? Will our world as we know it shut down? America is resillient and will fend off her foes, but energy has to be a task that is taken on, and not as global warming.

    4. Bob R, Geologist, Tu says:

      I have been against this Global Warming nonsense since the beginning with the Kyoto Protocols over ten years ago. I think I have the best reasons for this belief. The basic science is on my side. 1) Carbon dioxide(CO2) increases in our atmosphere is the result of natural warming, not the cause. Graphs of ancient climates plainly show a lag of hundreds of years between the onset of warming before CO2 catches up with global temperatures.

      2) Catastrophic heating has never occurred in past climates even when CO2 content of our air has reached as much as 12 times our present 390ppm. This miniscule amount has had our screaming environmentalists pushing the outright lie that we are reaching a tipping point (of no return climate-wise).

      3) It has been estimated by Heritage that the crash course to renewable energy sources will cost us $7 trillion. We have enough domestic carbon based energy to last us long enough to spread this humongous expense over 100 years of planned, rational development. Meanwhile,not one more dollar needs be spent sequestering CO2. Our plants will love us, our hungry billions will survive and hopefully our climate will remain free of more glacial ice. We are not out of the Pleistocene "woods" yet.

    5. Will Illinois says:

      I am always amazed at the Christian leaders in our country that pander to the environmentalist crowd, Rick Warren of Saddleback Church for example. Perhaps Rick never read Genesis 8:22 where God also promised Noah, "While the earth remains, seed time and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease." If these national pastors that have so much influence and a "bully pulpit" of sorts would begin to teach the rank and file Christian the truth, we could turn this nonsense around in no time. We, the rand and file also need to do our part and tell our friends the truth also.

    6. Marshall Hill-Michig says:

      Where is AL Gore now,since we have Record Below

      Zero Temps. accross the Nation.Gee is he losing money on his Phoney Scheme! Even all the Square

      Footage that he heats won't effect the ICE!" Sorry

      Al,you lost another race!"

    7. Mike, Hickory, NC says:

      Once again, what Thomas Jefferson said is true: "Present a problem to a ploughman (plowman) and a professor; the former will solve it as well, and often better than the latter, because he has not been led astray by artificial rules".

      How so? Say you have access to Leonardo DaVinci's "big picture" of The Mona Lisa; now let's say certain politicians, certain so-called "experts", and all of their supporters, etc, not only have access to the same "big picture", which in this case we'll call "data", but they're all also everything from "professors of art" and/or "experts in art forensics", (forensics in this case meaning "relating to the use of science or technology in the investigation and establishment of facts or evidence in a court of law" [from The American Heritage Dictionary online, definition #3]), and anything else you want to cite as examples. Ah, but rest of us, including scientists, etc, also have access to the same thing, so whoever really wants to would also be able to "see" both it and what certain scientists, etc, are doing with it as they pose and pontificate as if they’re "examining and proving beyond any scientific and reasonable doubt”.

      Now in this case, "The big picture" and "it" refer to "the environment", and, in particular, alleged "anthropomorphic (man-caused) global warming".

      Problem: They’re “examining”, alright, in ways which exclude any and all sources of data, evidence, and facts to the contrary, which is neither “scientific” nor “proving beyond any scientific and reasonable doubt”!

      So, they go on excluding, and even reducing sources of data, (such as weather stations and other sources which produce data contrary to their "anthropomorphic global warming"), and presenting only what they want to present, pontificating and pushing as if "anthropomorphic global warming" is already an unquestionable fact established beyond any reasonable or scientific doubt, when it is still anything except an unquestionable fact established beyond any scientific and reasonable doubt, and insisting as if anybody and everybody presenting any and all facts and evidence to the contrary are to be not only ignored but also attacked as "defective" and "criminals against the people" or "the state"!

      If they sound very much like NAZI (National Worker's Socialist Party) Socialists/government elitists pushing so-called "scientific proof" as if people of the Jewish religion were (quote) "genetically pre-disposed to being inferior" and a "problem" needing any "ultimate solution" by government policy, or any other Socialists/government elitists pushing so-called "scientific proof" as if cigarette smokers are "genetically pre-disposed to smoking" and represent a "problem" needing any "solution" by government policy, or Socialists/government elitists pushing so-called "scientific proof" as if "anthropomorphic global warming" is an unquestionable fact established beyond any reasonable or scientific doubt (when it remains unproven beyond any scientific and reasonable doubt), and as if it's a "problem" needing any "ultimate solution" through government policy, etc, and as if anything and anybody showing and stating anything to the contrary is any "enemy of the people" or "the state", or whatever, well you'll notice that the one constant through all of those things are people pushing an already both costly and failed Socialist/government elitist agenda.

    8. Ken St Louis says:

      Having had the misfortune of hearing waxman speak, I can only say: He must be from california as well as the rest of the mindless morons from out there. I seriously doubt his I Q has a + in front of it. It appears that the dumbing down of America is wlll on its way, or perhaps is about complete. We must have the dumbest 535 people on the planet in congress!!

    9. Dan, Michigan says:

      According to all the Global Warming experts, the debate is over! This is what anyhone claims when they do not want to debate. However, the administration now in power is already on record as "not letting a crisis go to waste", so they MUST pretend that there is not only a problem, but a true crisis! The only question I have is WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?????????

    Comments are subject to approval and moderation. We remind everyone that The Heritage Foundation promotes a civil society where ideas and debate flourish. Please be respectful of each other and the subjects of any criticism. While we may not always agree on policy, we should all agree that being appropriately informed is everyone's intention visiting this site. Profanity, lewdness, personal attacks, and other forms of incivility will not be tolerated. Please keep your thoughts brief and avoid ALL CAPS. While we respect your first amendment rights, we are obligated to our readers to maintain these standards. Thanks for joining the conversation.

    Big Government Is NOT the Answer

    Your tax dollars are being spent on programs that we really don't need.

    I Agree I Disagree ×

    Get Heritage In Your Inbox — FREE!

    Heritage Foundation e-mails keep you updated on the ongoing policy battles in Washington and around the country.