March 26, 2009

Just In Time For ‘Earth Hour’: Americans Care Less Than Ever About Globaloney

SmokestacksGallup has issued two polls in the past couple of weeks showing that the reality is breaking through the non-stop, years-long propaganda blitz known properly known as the Great Global Warming Hoax (characterized by me since January 2007 as globaloney):

  • On March 11, the pollster told us that “Although a majority of Americans believe the seriousness of global warming is either correctly portrayed in the news or underestimated, a record-high 41% now say it is exaggerated.” That’s up from 30% three years ago.
  • On March 19, we were informed that “For the first time in Gallup’s 25-year history of asking Americans about the trade-off between environmental protection and economic growth, a majority of Americans say economic growth should be given the priority, even if the environment suffers to some extent.” And it’s a 51-42 rout, a 27-point swing from 55-37 the other way just two years ago. Since globaloney is the main environmental justification for slowing (really stopping) economy growth, this result is a good proxy for increased rejection of the enviro kool-aid.

Now there’s a third. Yesterday, Gallup told us that not only is globaloney increasing not believed and not more important than economic growth, it’s the least important environmental issue we face. You have to look past its “clever” title and subhead to get to what should be the lede, but the glum news for Saturday’s Earth Hour participants is there (bolds after title are mine):

Water Pollution Americans’ Top Green Concern
Worry about environmental problems has edged up since 2004

The folks behind World Water Day — a largely U.N.-sponsored effort to focus attention on freshwater resource management, observed this past Sunday — may be on to something. Pollution of drinking water is Americans’ No. 1 environmental concern, with 59% saying they worry “a great deal” about the issue. That exceeds the 45% worried about air pollution, the 42% worried about the loss of tropical rain forests, and lower levels worried about extinction of species and global warming.

Extinction of plant and animal species and global warming are of great concern to just over a third of Americans. However, since more Americans express little to no worry about global warming than say this about extinction, global warming is clearly the environmental issue of least concern to them. In fact, global warming is the only issue for which more Americans say they have little to no concern than say they have a great deal of concern.

Media attention has been, as one would expect, virtually nil. A New York Times advanced search on “Gallup environment” (not in quotes) shows no primary results, only references to Times blogs on the right of the results. A Google News search on “Gallup warming” (again not in quotes) for March 25-26 comes back with four results. Only two besides the Gallup poll itself were directly relevant.

Americans’ growing resistance to threatened globaloney mandates and Europeans’ flat-out refusal to go along with them (a possible topic for another post, if it can be kept shorter than a book; the tide of European anti-globaloney news is almost overwhelming) continue to be among the most under-reported stories of the year.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

UPDATE: The Competitive Enterprise Institute is behind a counter-demonstration called Human Achievement Hour (HAH; HT Michelle Malkin), claiming quite accurately that “anyone not foregoing the use of electricity in that hour is, by default, celebrating the achievements of human beings.” Cool.

UPDATE 2: Earth Hour promoters, I supposes, celebrate the enlightened (excuse the pun) outlook and role modeling of Cuba, which forces its citizens to “celebrate” Earth Hours almost every day. In fact, the island dictatorship “has been dealing with rolling blackouts for over a decade.”

Lucid Links (032609, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:40 am

Noteworthy Net-Worthies:

Richard A. Eptstein, in the Wall Street Journal, with the unfortunately true line of the day, on the sadly small likelihood that the courts might actually follow the Constitution and throw out the mob rule-driven AIG-Fannie Mae-Freddie Mac bonus tax — “Double crosses are now fair game.”

But I thought he was on a roll, or something — James Hibberd at the Live Feed, in a story about declining viewership for Obama pressers, writes: “Knocked off stride by public anger over hefty corporate bonuses and facing skepticism about his massive budget plan, the president moved to regain his political footing and refocus attention on his broader economic agenda.” The kool-aid truck must have skipped Hibberd’s place the previous day.

Tuesday night, President ‘Prompter’s prompters preemptively propped up President ‘Prompter by prominently placing the Mother Of All Teleprompters, as seen here (HT Holly Bailey at Newsweak):

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More Chris Dodd entanglements — “Dodd’s Wife a Former Director of Bermuda-Based IPC Holdings, an AIG Controlled Company.” Relevance: “Dodd is likely more familiar with the complicated workings of AIG than he was letting on last week.”

White House Allies Target Moderate Dems.”

Extortion — “An email from the head of a controversial unit at AIG suggests employees who gave up their bonuses did not do so voluntarily, but feared their names would be released if they did not.”

Newsosaur has a post on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s attempt to become viable online after ceasing print operations last week. Conceivably, it’s doable, but the digital effort is doomed to failure if it keeps doing what it did that led to its failure, as described here last week in an e-mail I received. (Comical aside: Posting the e-mailer’s accurate [in my experience] observations about op-ed writers and others who have mostly described themselves either at the P-I or elsewhere as “[fill in the blank]” nationalists” makes me racist, according to the far-lefties who have come to dominate the Ohio leftosphere. You guys are pathetic, and need to buy some coherent, non-defamatory arguments. Here’s a place to start. Or are they racists too?)

Buckeye State Blog has, because of two (possibly more) resignations, essentially turned into Buckeye Potts Blog. It must not be easy being blue. It won’t be getting easier any time soon.

Yet another Obama vetting failure — Jon Cannon, who was to be the EPA’s Deputy Administrator, and who was destined to be tagged “Loose” Cannon had he hung around, has withdrawn from consideration. Michelle Malkin tells us why.

Ken Shepherd at NewsBusters has a quick quiz — “The number one enemy of solar and wind energy projects in the Mojave desert is a) Big Business b) Dick Cheney c) a Republican “cabal” d) environmentalists, with the political backing of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).” The answer is “d” (“Senator wants hundreds of thousands of acres in California designated as a national monument”). The larger lesson is that politicians are not only eager to lock up fossil-fuel resources, they’ll even lock up prime alternative-energy sites to prevent production of energy if enough people shout loudly enough about it. It’s as if they think energy comes from the Tooth Fairy.

Positivity: Clinically dead for an hour, man survives heart attack

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:59 am

From Winfield, Missouri:

Contrary to what many people think, most heart attacks begin slowly and, oftentimes, many people who are being affected by the attacks do not know what is going on and wait too long to get help. Minutes can save lives.

For Bob Colyer, 47, of Winfield, the prompt arrival of a Lincoln County Ambulance and its Emergency Medical Service (EMS) crew saved his life on Jan. 9, 2009.

Colyer first experienced chest pain at his home in Winfield. His wife, Sandy, said that when he came home he said that he was tired and after dinner, he complained that his legs and arms felt weird. Sandy, quickly realizing that Colyer was having a heart attack, knew that she had to get her husband to a hospital.
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