NC Media Watch

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Saturday, April 23, 2005

Global Warming Insight

From the Index of Leading Environmental Indicators, tenth anniversary edition, April 2005
It appears that public regard for environmental doomsaying is declining. This is most evident from the changing polling numbers about climate change. The Gallup Poll found that the public worries least about the issue that means the most to environmental organizations: global warming. “Last year at this time,” Gallup’s Lydia Saad wrote, “Gallup reported that global warming was ‘a bit of a yawn’ to most Americans. Today, one might say the public is practically dozing.” Almost half of poll respondents (47 percent) say they worry “only a little” or “not at all” about global warming. Global warming ranks near the bottom of the list of environmental issues Gallup surveys. The proportion of respondents who think global warming is generally exaggerated in the news increased five percent from 2003, from 33 percent to 38 percent.“For the first time,” Gallup notes, “this skeptical group outnumbers those saying the issue’s seriousness is underestimated.” The Gallup results closely track a BBC poll in Britain, where respondents ranked global warming last among a list of typical issues including health care, crime, and education. This waning public concern over the mother of all environmental catastrophes, combined with the absence of the environment as a significant, vote moving issue in the 2004 presidential election (despite $15 million in campaign spending by environmental groups), has generated a state of panic among environmental lobbies.
This may explain the spate of Global Warming scare stories appearing in the lefty press, Mother Jones and the New Yorker this month. Links on NCFocus.

Full Index Report here. You will be surprized how much the environment has improved, yet rarely gets reported.

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