October 16, 2011

AMERICANS ARE RELIGIOUS, THE WARMERS ARE THE AGNOSTICS:

Where Did Global Warming Go? (ELISABETH ROSENTHAL, October 15, 2011, NY Times)

IN 2008, both the Democratic and Republican candidates for president, Barack Obama and John McCain, warned about man-made global warming and supported legislation to curb emissions. After he was elected, President Obama promised "a new chapter in America's leadership on climate change," and arrived cavalry-like at the 2009 United Nations Climate Conference in Copenhagen to broker a global pact.

But two years later, now that nearly every other nation accepts climate change as a pressing problem, America has turned agnostic on the issue. [...]

Americans -- who produce twice the emissions per capita that Europeans do -- are in many ways wired to be holdouts. We prefer bigger cars and bigger homes. We value personal freedom, are suspicious of scientists, and tend to distrust the kind of sweeping government intervention required to confront rising greenhouse gas emissions.

"Climate change presents numerous ideological challenges to our culture and our beliefs," Professor Hoffman of the Erb Institute says. "People say, 'Wait a second, this is really going to affect how we live!' "

There are, of course, other factors that hardened resistance: America's powerful fossil-fuel industry, whose profits are bound to be affected by any greater control of carbon emissions; a cold American winter in 2010 that made global warming seem less imminent; and a deep recession that made taxes on energy harder to talk about, and job creation a more pressing issue than the environment -- as can be seen in the debate over the pipeline from Canada.

You'd have to be an expert to believe that the main cultural stumbling block to the notion of man-made climate change is corporate spending and economics.  Exxon-Mobil didn't spend a cent opposing Darwinism and yet only about 1/7th of Americans accept it.

The idea that climate should be completely static unless Man does something about proceeds from not just a rejection of America's Judeo-Christian culture but an obvious hostility to science, which demonstrates that climate is never unchanging.

Posted by at October 16, 2011 9:23 AM
  

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