As if we needed the people at Gallup to prove that. All one has to do is look at this guy’s Web site to understand the backward thinking of most Americans. Still, that there Gallup news? Disheartening. Take a look at this graphic.
And then there’s the accompanying head-scratcher explanations. Fewer people think they’ll feel the effects of global warming in their lifetimes. Fewer people think it’s caused by humans. In an unrelated poll, Gallup also found that more people think they’ll find gold by sticking their fingers up their asses.
Anyway, here we get to the guts of it:
Since last fall, there have been widespread news accounts of allegations of errors in scientific reports on global warming and alleged attempts by some scientists to doctor the global warming record.
These news reports may well have caused some Americans to re-evaluate the scientific consensus on global warming. Roughly half of Americans now say that “most scientists believe that global warming is occurring,” down from 65% in recent years. The dominant opposing thesis, held by 36% of Americans, is that scientists are unsure about global warming. An additional 10% say most scientists believe global warming is not occurring.
There’s an “implications” section, too, but we can size that one up for you. A couple e-mails with language that’s difficult to understand (with words such as “trick”!) from scientists at a renowned institution, and people all of a sudden start believing Sarah Palin and John Boehner, a couple of nitwits with all the scientific learning of a couple eighth grade dropouts.
Why can’t anyone stop believing in God when faced with, say, science like evolution? Oh, wait. Evolution is just an unproven theory!
Right. Implications: We’re fucked. Americans would rather be fat, lazy, stupid and totally, totally willfully ignorant. (There are a lot of adverbs in that sentence. Sorry.) Time to buy some stock in the Toxic Ten. You won’t have much time to enjoy your earnings, but a gal can dream, right?