What we the people believe: We hate to say it, but Digby isn’t gloomy enough concerning climate change!
On Saturday, Digby offered this gloomy post about the way GOP politicians reject the notion of climate change. As she ended, she offered this account of what we the people believe. Her quote comes from a lengthy report in the National Journal:
DIGBY (12/3/11): I'm not sure why this has not resulted in all-out war between the parties—it's not like Big oil and gas are funding the Dems in anywhere near these numbers they fund the GOP and the Kochs are as partisan as it comes. It seems to me that this is one area where we cannot explain away the Democrats' tepid response by a need to appease an industry that funds them. So what is it? It's not like the people aren't with them.Digby said the public is with the Democrats, and against the Republicans, when it comes to the science of global warming. She quoted from the National Journal: “Overall, Pew found, 59 percent of adults say there is solid evidence that the Earth’s average temperature has been getting warmer over the past few decades.”
“In a Pew survey last spring, 75 percent of staunch conservatives, 63 percent of libertarians, and 55 percent of so-called Main Street Republicans said there was no solid evidence of global warming. Those views are far out of step, however, with those of the general public: Overall, Pew found, 59 percent of adults say there is solid evidence that the Earth’s average temperature has been getting warmer over the past few decades. GOP candidates’ climate-science skepticism could win primaries but lose general elections.”
I urge you to read the whole National Journal article. It's chilling (no pun intended.)
When it comes to a topic like this, 59 percent isn’t a landslide! But the actual story is much, much worse. The truth about the public’s outlook is worse than that by far.
That figure—59 percent—represents the number who think that climate change is occurring. But a much smaller number believe it is happening because of human activity. For a full breakdown, click here, then scroll to page 84. But here’s the general story:
Overall, only 36 percent of respondents said that global warming is happening due to human activity. As best we can calculate, this includes about 28 percent of independents—and only about 55 percent of Democrats. (Republicans: Roughly 13 percent.)
Our tribe is better than their tribe on the science of warming. But according to the survey in question, the people aren’t with the Democrats on this! But then, we liberals often fail to grasp the way we the people think.
We assume "those people" think those crazy things all by themselves. Quite often, that just isn't right.