[Ok-sus] Inhofe Premises NO. 2

Vicke Adams vicke at vickeadams.com
Sun Mar 17 02:01:57 UTC 2013

My point was that there is a huge need to educate the general public. If you Follow the polls historically, belief in global warming declined significantly starting around 2008 to around 51% to 58% in 2009 depending on what poll you look at. It has started to increase and I did not realized that the numbers had rebounded as much as they did after hurricane Sandy. However, the newer poll numbers show that while about 2/3 to 3/4 of people believe there is global warming, only about 40% believe it is anthropogenic; this from a recent University of Michigan poll. In fact, last month's Science News published an article about three recent studies that show people's belief in global warming fluctuates with the weather. Apparently, there are a lot of people that don't know the difference between climate and weather. That is why education on the subject is so badly needed. People's beliefs are changing with the wind (or, rather, the thermometer). Also, do you know that a person's political party is the best indicator of their belief on global warming? Only about 50% of Republicans versus over 80% of Democrats believe in global warming. What explains this? Environmental concerns didn't use to divide by political party to this extreme.

The sierra poll you cited, while not mentioning global warming, is very promising. I am glad there are so many people that do see some benefit to alternative energy sources.

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From: Ok-sus [mailto:ok-sus-bounces at lists.oksustainability.org] On Behalf Of Joel Olson
Sent: Saturday, March 16, 2013 4:06 AM
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Subject: Re: [Ok-sus] Inhofe Premises NO. 2

Vicke -
There have been many polls on climate change and global warming, with results differing from 2/3 to 3/4 of the populace believing there is a serious problem. The Sierra Club did a poll, not long ago, which indicated nearly 80% of Oklahomans were concerned:

Yes, there is still obfuscation going on, on many topics, but there is also hope. And I see fighting that obfuscation as now a rear-guard action, while the way forward is opening.

- Joel

----- Original Message -----
From: "Vicke Adams" <vicke at vickeadams.com>
To: <ok-sus at lists.oksustainability.org>
Sent: Friday, March 15, 2013 2:46 PM
Subject: Re: [Ok-sus] Inhofe Premises NO. 2

> Here's the problem with thinking that the argument is over, almost half the 
> people in this country still don't believe global warming is happening. It is 
> probably more than that in Oklahoma. We are a long ways from being through 
> educating people. And there are many related problems that are in exactly the 
> same boat. We still have people that don't believe oil is endless and people 
> still think it is fine to use umpteen gallons of potable water to flush the 
> toilet even when they just pee. Communities still mix their sewer and runoff 
> water contaminating many gallons more than necessary. Many people are not 
> taking seriously the problem with GMO crops or even think twice about the 
> process by which their food is raised. People in this country have been 
> conditioned to think that we have endless resources. We have a huge uphill 
> battle to educate people and the educational process is thwarted by people 
> like Senator Inhofe who mislead their constituents for the benefit of their 
> corporate funders. That is the part I was fuming about to begin with. In my 
> mind it is terribly wrong to use your position to manipulate and mislead.
> Vicke

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