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Poll shows belief in man-made warming down, but why?

By Michael Fumento

A new poll shows a sharp decline over the last year in the percentage of Americans who see solid evidence that global temperatures are rising. According to the survey by the highly-reputable Pew Research Center, while 44% of respondents saw global warming as a very serious problem in April 2008, that's down to just 35% now.

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Of course, all things are relative. With the economy and unemployment such as it is, despite that miraculous stimulus bill, you can see how a problem that's not supposed to truly impact us for a while to come might slide down the pecking order.

BUT, the survey also shows that now just 36% of Americans say global temperatures are rising as a result of human activity, down from 47% last year. That's a scientific belief, independent of the economy right?

I'd argue otherwise. Wild speculation about man-made impact on the environment is a rich man's game. It's true that the warming we've seen until about a decade ago when it stopped - though exactly why and for how long is debated - either is or isn't partly man-made, regardless of the economy or regardless of what the public thinks. But when you don't feel so rich, somehow scientific evidence that seemed so compelling before simply isn't now.

October 23, 2009 02:48 PM  ·  Environment ~ Global Warming