Americans Becoming Global Warming Skeptics
Mary Kate Cary
Most Americans would rather remove the national security threat that foreign oil poses than impose expensive government mandates to fight global warming
Most of us agree that government can have a positive role in cutting energy consumption, ensuring clean air and water, and reducing many kinds of pollution. But stopping global climate change on Earth? The jury's still out on that one.
Last month, a Rasmussen poll showed more than 40 percent of voters say global warming is not serious, which is a new high. Nearly one in two say global warming is caused by "long-term planetary trends," and only a third blame human activity. Here's the most interesting part: A majority "continue to believe their president has different views than they do; 55 percent say President Obama believes global warming is caused by human activity, and only 15 percent think he blames long-term planetary trends." To me, it's a bit of a conceit to think that the U.S. government can change the climate or reverse global warming across the entire planet, especially in the face of growing Chinese carbon dioxide emissions. To Obama, it's not.
For skeptics like me, the energy issue is not about climate change or global warming. It's about national security and the economic opportunity that alternative energy presents for American workers. According to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll, taken after the
The Kerry-Lieberman bill is a hodgepodge of bipartisan compromise. It includes incentives for offshore oil drilling, written in before the Gulf leak, as well as looser environmental safeguards to expedite the construction of nuclear power plants. Both provisions are controversial with liberals but have been
Even though a broad coalition of business groups, the energy industry, and major environmental lobbies support the bill, the conventional wisdom in
Let me add to Graham's list of reasons this week's primaries and the anti-incumbent anger we're seeing across the country. It's no secret that massive government interventions are not going over well with voters. Coming on the heels of the stimulus package, the healthcare reform law, and federal auto and banking bailouts, a sprawling federal mandate to fight climate change while drastically raising costs on working families is not going to win elections.
As recently as the summer of 2008, Americans changed their energy consumption without any government action. The price of gasoline rose above
I'm not a fan of any new tax, but this one's not crazy. I'd much rather give the money back to American taxpayers than to foreign governments. But gas tax or not, given the choice, most Americans would rather remove the national security threat that foreign oil poses than impose expensive government mandates to fight global warming. And as congressional incumbents nationwide are discovering, most Americans increasingly believe the federal government should be the last, not the first, solution to the challenges we face.
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