” All that money. All that effort. All the sermonizing and bloodcurdling imagery and still, Americans don’t seem to be evolving quickly enough on the environment.
A new poll by Pew Research Center, for instance, finds that a wide majority of Americans support building the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport Canadian oil to refineries in Texas. Sixty-six percent of Americans favor finishing the pipeline, with only 23 percent in opposition. Strong support cuts through every political distinction — other than “liberal” Democrats.
Among those who see the irrefutable scientific evidence of global temperatures rising, only 42 percent believe that most of it should be attributed to human activity. In fact, when you break it down, 23 percent of Americans believe that natural patterns in the earth’s environment are heating the earth, and another 27 percent don’t believe there is any solid evidence of warming at all. The more appropriate question would be: Do you believe in man-made global warming? The answer: Less than half of Americans would say yes. That, even after the unrelenting cultural, educational and political bombardment we’ve all had to endure on the topic.
And though 33 percent of Americans believe that global warming is a “very serious” problem, that number has declined by 6 points since October 2012.”
- Keystone XL Pipeline Draws Broad Support (earthfirstnews.wordpress.com)
- Keystone XL pipeline project: Who actually supports it? (smartplanet.com)
- Americans still want cheap oil (and they’re not too worried about global warming, either) (humanevents.com)
- Americans still want cheap oil (conservativeread.com)
- Pew Research: 66% favor Keystone XL Pipeline (bluegrasspundit.com)