12/31/2011

Global Warming, Anyone?

A recent Pew Center poll reveals some interesting statistics about who believes global warming is mostly because of human activity.

There is a large partisan gap in views about the causes of global warming: 51% of Democrats and 40% of independents say the earth is getting warmer mostly because of human activity. But only 19% of Republicans say rising temperatures are mostly attributable to human activity. Of course, if you add all these numbers up based on the percentage of the US population who are Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, you find out that most people do not believe that global warming is mostly because of human activity.

Remember, this question is not about just "solid evidence of global warming" -- we already know the earth has warmed and cooled for billions of years -- its about "do you believe the earth is getting warmer mostly because of human activity".

What conclusions can we draw from this? Well, one obvious one is that either a lot more Democrats and Independents are dumber than Republicans, or a lot more Republicans are dumber than Democrats and Independents. I've done a lot more in-depth research on this subject than your average Joe; I don't like being called dumb -- and I'm a Republican.

Let's do some simple math based on the current number of each kind of voter:

Democrats 42 million 51% = 21.42 million
Republicans 30 million 19% = 5.7 million
Independent 24 million 40%= 9.6 million
( 96 million total)        (36.72 million total)

Overall, only 38 percent of voters think that the earth is getting warmer mostly because of human activity. Not very encouraging news for your average global warming alarmist.

This signals the end — probably for decades, if not forever — of a trivial pursuit that began 14 years ago with the Kyoto Protocol that the U.S. Senate would not even bring to a vote. The pursuit was for a 194-nation consensus obligating a few nations to transfer enormous wealth to many other nations’ governments, to be politically distributed by them, with the supposed effect of ending global warming, if such proves to be.