Today I came across two related articles. The first, from Gallup:
Over the past decade, Americans have clustered into three broad groups on global warming. The largest, currently describing 39% of U.S. adults, are what can be termed "Concerned Believers" -- those who attribute global warming to human actions and are worried about it. This is followed by the "Mixed Middle," at 36%. And one in four Americans -- the "Cool Skeptics" -- are not worried about global warming much or at all.After more than a decade of beating the drums louder and louder, why are the members of the Church of Global Warming not having a greater impact on changing the minds of Americans? Maybe because, for far more than a decade, we've heard the same Chicken Littles too many times:
On the 30th anniversary of the first Earth Day in 1970, Ronald Bailey wrote an excellent article in the May 2000 edition of Reason Magazine titled “Earth Day, Then and Now.” In that article, Bailey noted that around the time of the first Earth Day, and in the years following, there was a “torrent of apocalyptic predictions” and many of those predictions were featured in his Reason article. Well, now that more than 40 years have passed, how accurate were those predictions around the time of the first Earth Day? Wrong, spectacularly wrong, and here are 18 examples...I wrote here about several apocalyptic scares that have occurred just in my lifetime. Here's why I'm skeptical about apocalypes:
What do they all have in common? Several things.
1. They all required immense, immediate governmental action,
2. action favored by leftists,
3. action that would have a seriously adverse effect on the global economy and prosperity,
4. to forestall apocalyptic consequences.
5. None of them happened.
Is it any wonder I'm skeptical about the claims of the Church of Global Warming?