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And they want the government to do something about it

Researchers at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University conducted a survey that shows three out of four Americans believe in global warming and want the government to establish laws to stop it.


The survey was funded by the National Science Foundation and administered in June 2010 by Woods Institute Senior Fellow Jon Krosnick, a professor of communication and political science at Stanford University. From June 1-7, 1,000 randomly selected American adults were chosen to participate in the survey via telephone interviews. 

According to the June 2010 survey, 74 percent of Americans think the Earth's temperature probably has been heating up over the last 100 years, and 75 percent think human activity is the reason why. 

"Several national surveys released during the last eight months have been interpreted as showing that fewer and fewer Americans believe that climate change is real, human-caused and threatening," said Krosnick. "But our new survey shows just the opposite."

While the number of people who believe in global warming has increased, Krosnick says there are people who do not trust climate scientists and they "base their conclusions on their personal observations of nature." According to Krosnick, 2008 was the coldest year since 2000 in terms of average Earth temperature, and these "low-trust individuals were especially aware of the recent decline in average world temperatures" and "they were the ones in our survey whose doubts about global warming have increased since 2007."

"Our surveys reveal a small decline in the proportion of people who believe global warming has been happening, from 84 percent in 2007 to 74 percent today," said Krosnick. "Statistical analysis of our data revealed that this decline is attributable to perceptions of recent weather changes by the minority of Americans who have been skeptical about climate scientists."

The survey also included questions concerning the "climategate" controversy, where thousands of e-mails and other documents were leaked from the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit. Only nine percent of American's said they knew about this controversy and that it caused them to distrust climate scientists. Despite all the skeptics, there has been no decline in trust for environmental scientists.

Krosnick believes that the decline in proportion of people is likely temporary, and the skeptics will probably join the majority who think global warming is real if the Earth's temperature begins to rise again.

Out of those respondents who believe global warming exists, 86 percent want the government to "limit the amount of air pollution that businesses emit," 76 percent of respondents want government limitations on greenhouse gas emissions "generated by businesses" and 14 percent think the government should not take action at all unless other countries like China and India do so as well. Though, in the UK, Professor Seamus Garvey at the University of Nottingham has designed a plan to power the UK completely by renewable energy by 2030 through the use of off-shore energy farms.

Other survey results include four out of five participants wanting the government to offer tax breaks to encourage more fuel efficient vehicles, 84 percent want tax breaks for utilities that use more green methods for power generation, and 80 percent want more energy efficient appliances.

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By Hans Gruber on 6/15/2010 6:54:08 PM , Rating: 3
The greatest discovery of environmental science was proving the earths climate is greatly influenced by the oceans current and sea temperature. Thus el nino and la nina were coined. Since this discovery which helps weather forcasters, water districts and ski resorts prepare for conditions based upon the strength of el nino or la nina.

Then Al Gore (An Inconveinient Truth)and his theory which was not his but created by scientists who were no longer relevant. Al was paid millions by those looking to capitalize financially on green technology. Forget the fact that Gore continues to fly private jets which deplete the ozone layer and SUV's which gulp gallons of gas at rates 2-3x that of fuel efficient vehicles. Or his vast homestead in Tennesee consumes enough energy to power over 1,000 homes, even with solar panels and water saving measures installed.

As has been previously mentioned here, science is largely driven by grants. Scientists holed up in liberal Universities across have every reason to find that global warming is indeed caused by man. Money corrupts absolutely. Today, fewer children aspire to be a scientist than any other time in modern history. Once thought of as the smartest people is an room, sciene has lost their status quo. With the myth of global warming, science has propelled itself to the forefront with many questioning the results obtained by flawed experiments.

The scientific method is best described by being able to duplicated results repeatedly by multiple 3rd parties who have no personal intestest in the results. This sounds like a legal claim but it seems that science has many reasons to manipulate results. Namely financial windfall (grants) and making science relevant again.

The unintended consequence of this seems to be those who loved science but chose other fields of intest crying foul. It seems many have not forgotten the scientific method needs to be duplicatable by 3rd parties. Instead users here are using what we were learned in high school and college to poke holes in fuzzy math and fuzzy theories.

I would like to cite two examples. The first can be found on youtube or CBS. Mike Wallace interviewed the CEO of Archer Daniels Midland (Interview was conducted in 90's well before global warming) with serious questions about the scientific validity of adding 10% of ethanol to gas. In the interview Wallce questions the lack of scientific evidence that supports the theory in which addind 10%ethonol to gas (Nov 1st-April 1st) decreases vehicle emissons. ADM to this days still adds 10% ethanol to gas which artificially increases fuel consuption by 10% during the winter months. In addition, it benefits corn farmers who grow more corn which is the main component of ethanol. Big oil also benefits from the use of ethanol by capturing more sales in fuel purchases during the slow winters months due to reduced fuel economy when ethanol is added.

I have serious doubts regarding the true cause of the glacier on Kilimanjaro. Al Gore An Inconveinient Truth) said glbal warming caused this. The freezing level rarely exceeds 15,000ft above sea level, well below Kilimanjaro's peak at 19,300ft. What has caused the depletion of the glacier? Evaporation... I suspect a combination of evaporation of ice which occurs when water turns to gaseous vapor mitigated by the lack of consistant rainfall. This can be caused by drought or a consistant drop in annual rainfall. The earths surface cannot exceed 32 degrees for prolonged periods of time above 15,000ft. which would cause the melting of the glacier on Kilimenjaro as suggested by Al Gore in his movie. Evaporation could have also caused the depletion in the polar ice caps with a significant reduction in annual percipitation.

"Young lady, in this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics!" -- Homer Simpson

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