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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Global warming and Senator Denial

With more than 50% of Americans failing a test on global warming, a sixteen-year Republican Senator is one of the leaders of the denial group seeking to prevent action by the U.S. federal government against climate change.
The Senator of Denial is Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe – click here for his Press Blog – whose website claims that " no one consistently represents common sense, conservative Oklahoma values more than Jim".
Senator Inhofe advocates the principles of limited government, and " believes that the federal government works best when it returns dollars, decisions, and freedom to our local communities and families".
A recent poll by Yale reveals a rather sad state of knowledge by Americans of global warming and its implications:
Most Americans don't understand climate change, a Yale study has shown...  It "found important gaps in
knowledge and common misconceptions about climate change and the earth system. These misconceptions lead some people to doubt that global warming is happening or that human activities are a major contributor, to misunderstand the causes and therefore the solutions, and to be unaware of risks," the report said.
Half of Americans recognize that global warming is a result of human actions... Not many Americans would make the grade if tested on climate change. Just 8 percent know enough to score an A or a B, 40 percent would make a C or D, and 52 percent would fail.
Part of the reason for the misconceptions is a deliberate campaign of misinformation and deception by climate change deniers.
What the deniers seem to fear most is not climate change but government:
The answer is that ideology trumps rationality. Most conservatives cannot abide the solution to global warming-strong government regulations and a government-led effort to accelerate clean energy technologies into the market.
And the answer to some of the deliberate deception might be that the media should do its job properly instead of being internalizing the sceptics' conspiracy-laden worldview, by not playing along with their agenda, by carefully explaining scientific results to avoid the inevitable contrarian wilful misinterpretations.

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