• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • Global Warming Support Falling Faster Than Ice Shelves

    The numbers don’t lie; support for global warming policies are eroding, faster than polar ice caps, as it turns out. Moreover, a new poll shows just how much the political elite are losing touch with the American public when it comes to global warming.

    According to a Rasmussen poll released Friday,

    Just one-out-of-three voters (34%) now believe global warming is caused by human activity, the lowest finding yet in Rasmussen Reports national surveying. However, a plurality (48%) of the Political Class believes humans are to blame.

    Forty-eight percent (48%) of all likely voters attribute climate change to long-term planetary trends, while seven percent (7%) blame some other reason. Eleven percent (11%) aren’t sure.

    These numbers reflect a reversal from a year ago when 47% blamed human activity while 34% said long-term planetary trends.”

    Despite the lack of consensus and waning public belief that man-made activity is a significant contributor to global warming and that global warming is a serious belief, some politicians and the federal government still seem willing to enact very costly global warming regulations that will do very little affect global temperatures.

    Whether it be through a cap-and-trade bill or the Environmental Protection Agency bypassing Congressional action by using the Clean Air Act to reduce carbon dioxide, global warming regulations will heavily tax energy use in America. Since 85 percent of the country’s energy needs are met through fossil fuels, it will subjectively and unnecessarily tax everything we do.

    The public is holding up a stop sign but politicians appear eager to run through it without much thought or sincere consideration. And what do you turn to when things aren’t going your way? Fear mongering. Speaking in Trinidad and Tobago over the weekend, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said,

    I think the Caribbean countries face rising oceans and they face increase in the severity of hurricanes. This is something that is very, very scary to all of us. The island states in the world represent — I remember this number — one-half of 1 percent of the carbon emissions in the world. And they will — some of them will disappear.”

    Ironically, the most frightening thing about Chu’s speech was the condescension with which it was delivered. Using phrases like “very, very scary” and disappearing islands seem more appropriate to a children’s ghost story than a policy discussion. Is this the Secretary of Energy or David Copperfield? This is straight-up, good old-fashioned fear-mongering.

    It is the oldest pitch in the book. Create a problem then sell the solution.

    These guys are 21st Century Chicken Littles. But drumming up ideas that the sky is falling or, in this case, that the world is melting can work in the short run but can only survive the long run if it is substantiated with fact. Senior Policy Analyst Ben Lieberman writes that fear is a double-edged sword:

    Eventually it could lead to a backlash. Indeed, the global-warming doomsayers may well prove to be their own worst enemy, with their credibility taking a tumble along with the prospects for cap-and-trade legislation.”

    Posted in Energy [slideshow_deploy]

    13 Responses to Global Warming Support Falling Faster Than Ice Shelves

    1. Ozzy6900, CT says:

      It's been said over and over that the entire Global Warming fiasco is nothing more than a way to collect new taxes and impart control over things. What we should fear is not the Global Warming fiasco, but the fact that once the Government gets their hands into everything, it will never let go!

    2. Pastor Jeff Doud says:

      Keep it up. You are all doing a great job of keeping us informed.

      Pastor Jeff

    3. larrydalooza, illino says:

      Yeah… like a temporary toll way here in Chicago.

    4. mlokowich, mn says:

      This is now the case where I care more about stopping the governmental momenentum… as the priority!

    5. Spiritof76, New Hamp says:

      I think it is now the true imperialism practiced by Chu and the Obama clowns by telling the poor Caribbean nations that they can not have access to inexpensive fossil energy and keeping their standard of living low.

    6. HappyCapitalist, Phi says:

      Thank you for reporting on this! There is so little of this news that it making it's way out to the public and every reporter willing to do this is one step to having a more informed electorate!

    7. Robert Garland, TX says:

      Cap and trade will only cap business / jobs and give government control over who may be in business and where they may operate.

      The extra government fees for permits will raise electric rates by at least 40%. This in addition to shutting back on coal fired power plants by Obama’s promise to bankrupt the coal companies will reduce energy to the point that we become a third country.

    8. Bobiscold Pennsylva says:

      Lord Monckton of Brenchley referred to alarmists as “bed-wetting moaning Minnies of the Apocalyptic Traffic-Light Tendency — those Greens too yellow to admit they’re really Reds,”

    9. Christine Anderson, says:

      It is very important to know what the American public is thinking..this is the same public, about 60% of whom believe in angels. What they are thinking is that they aren't going to give up anything for any reason. The break off of the Wilkins ice shelf is far, far away from them. The ancient moraines that broke in Bhutan recently and killed people because of excessive glacier melt aren't their problem. Only when the devastation is in their back yard will they respond…just as they only responded to the idiots in the out of control free market and the scum of the Bush government when it was their 401(k(s), houses and money that disappeared. Jared Diamond's book Collapse has a very interesting chapter called "Why do some societies make disastrous decisions". Reasons include failure to anticipate, failure to perceive, rational bad behavior, disastrous values…" It's moving very fast now, all of this…I wonder who all of you will blame. One assumes anyone but yourselves.

    10. Bobiscold Pennsylva says:

      April 22, 2009 Christine Anderson, Cairo, Egypt _ I guess you have to live in a free society, with free choice and the ability to act in your own and your family's self interest before you can understand that government never has the answers. By its very nature, government needs to grow and control more and more of your life. Look around you in Egypt and see what the heavy hand of government hath wrought. The cult of Global Warming is all about money, power, and globalization.

      The questions are scientific, but the UN answers are political. The global warming debate is hardly about science. It has become a cause célèbre, championed by activists, politicians and celebrities. To deny their belief that humans are the cause of global warming is to invoke their wrath. Science is not consensus; Science is theory, observation and measurement. Science is not, “let's all take a vote on the speed of light and see what number we get.” Science is dictated by nature's rules.

      The U.N. would milk the last cow in the paddock, and leave the cow’s own calf starving!

    11. Christine Anderson, says:

      My dear sir, I lived in the US for my whole life up until the people proved too fat, lazy and greedy to oppose the corrupt and evil government of George Bush et al. (talk about growth of government!! TSA, Homeland security!! wiretapping of everyone and everything, massive increase of Border Control …you didn't notice the growth of government???! in the last 8 years?)..I certainly noticed that that government thought it had all the answers. And I acted in my self interest by fleeing the criminals who were running things.

      You are going to find out about nature's rules all right. Last week I was in India talking to a contractor who had just come from Bhutan where the warming had caused excessive glacier melt and destroyed age old moraine lakes creating catastrophe. As I said previously…not until it's actually you at the deluge or the epidemic or whatever the consequences turn out to be, will you wake up and wonder ….I'm sure you will think there was a government conspiracy behind it all.

    12. Frank, NYC says:

      George Bush- border control? Wow- you really would believe anything the left tells you! You folks on the left try to make it sound like we Conservatives got our guy with George Bush!- think again. Bush was horrible with government expansion and spending and Obama is even worse. It's not a credible argument to try to refute the Conservative point of view by criticizing the policies of George Bush- we didn't want him either (it's just that the policies of Gore, Kerry, and Obama were that much worse).

      Now- on to this Global Warming nonsense- which are we to believe:

      1) The hypothesis of the "greenhouse effect": that a particular subset of naturally occurring gases are 'trapping heat' in the atmosphere, all while not offsetting the issue by preventing any heat from entering the atmosphere (by the way, there is no tangible evidence that supports this base hypothesis); that a minuscule percentage of this greenhouse gas- carbon dioxide- and a minuscule percentage of the contribution to carbon dioxide- the burning of fossil fuels- is contributing to the warming of the planet so significantly that we need to act immediately to save ourselves from certain doom; that the only possible solution, despite no evidence of this proposed policy ever having produced any benefit, is for our government to set caps on emissions and tax above those caps.

      2) The theory, having an enormous amount of supporting evidence throughout history, that government officials know absolutely zero about science and don't care about it either; that they are trying to get more of our money and more control over the people they govern.

      Given the wealth of data that has 'leaked out' despite the best effort of the government, the only way a reasonably informed person could believe option 1, or claim to, is if they really, really wanted to because it justified something else that they wanted- probably more government control of our lives. I can only speculate on what leads a person to want the government to force their views on others- bitterness, regret, whatever- but that's exactly what our founding fathers were afraid of, and tried to prevent through the structure of our government. I commend your decision to leave. If more people who thought like you followed your example, we'd all be much happier.

    13. Chad Root says:

      I am a proud supporter of global warming climate change. There will be warmer temps and bigger storms and areas in Canada that will be able to grow food many of island countries are almost under water as it is which does suck but with warmer temps the artic regions will be more temperate to host human life. Summer has always been short I prefer longer summers.

    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.