Saturday, November 29, 2008

The Oscar for the best performance in the inability to grasp the obvious goes to..

The Earthwatch Institute. Somehow it seems that it should be obvious that during an economic crisis popular support for economically harmful legislation to promote the Quixotic cause of Global Warming prevention would wane.
Efforts to support global climate-change falls: Poll
Peter O'Neil, Europe Correspondent, Canwest News Service
Published: Thursday, November 27, 2008

PARIS - There is both growing public reluctance to make personal sacrifices and a distinct lack of enthusiasm for the major international efforts now underway to battle climate change, according to findings of a poll of 12,000 citizens in 11 countries, including Canada.

Results of the poll were released this week in advance of the start of a major international conference in Poland where delegates are considering steps toward a new international climate-change treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.

There already are reports emerging that some countries, such as coal-dependent Poland, are pushing for special treatment to avoid making major commitments to slash carbon emissions during a global economic downturn.
A file photo showd snow cannons blasting artificial snow on a slope in Kitzbuehel, Austria. Due to the uncommonly warm weather many European alpine ski resorts have no snow.

Less than half of those surveyed, or 47 per cent, said they were prepared to make personal lifestyle changes to reduce carbon emissions, down from 58 per cent last year.

Only 37 per cent said they were willing to spend "extra time" on the effort, an eight-point drop.

And only one in five respondents - or 20 per cent - said they'd spend extra money to reduce climate change. That's down from 28 per cent a year ago.

Carbon taxes make about as much sense in the current economic climate as borrowing money to invest in magic bean futures, but some people just refuse to realign their religious ideology with reality or common sense.

"There's consumer reluctance that's creeping in, and we've seen that some are being stunned into inaction by the enormity of the task," said Earthwatch executive vice-president Nigel Winser.

Results of the poll suggested that 55 per cent of respondents in the 11 countries said their governments should be doing more by investing in renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar and wave power.

That's more than double the 27 per cent who wanted their governments to participate in Kyoto-style international agreements to reduce emissions.

In Canada, the same portion favoured renewable-energy options, while 32 per cent supported collective international efforts.

"People believe governments are focusing too much attention on indirect actions that pass responsibility for climate change onto others, such as increasing taxes on fossil fuels, encouraging individual environmentally friendly activities and participating in international negotiations, such as the Kyoto Protocol," the report said.

"More needs to be done to inform consumers about measures such as green taxation or carbon trading to help them understand how tangible these can be."

No, people believe governments are focusing too much attention on harmful and unnecessary actions that are called for by shrill activists with an ideological axe to grind with capitalism.

And people do not need to be more fully informed. They are already overinformed, and the are starting to make a judgment about where fuzzy fears about ecological calamity fit within their hierarchy of needs.


Blogger Hey Skipper said...

I think it is a fair statement that even if those advocating AGW are correct in every respect, including the apocalyptic consequences, in the aggregate people will still favor their immediate material desires over future calamity.

Clearly, that argues for a precautionary approach: I buy fire insurance, even though I have -- so far, had no personal involvement with conflagration.

However, where the AGW inability to even spot, never mind grasp, the obvious is in the disconnect between human nature and AGW, and in AGWists insistence on CO2 levels without any discussion as to what attaining those levels will entail.

They would be much more effective if they looked at ways to ameliorate whatever warming CO2 may be causing, because their silence on the consequences of huge reductions in CO2 emission amounts to bald faced lying.

December 01, 2008 7:06 PM  

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