Guest post by David Middleton
From The Hill…
Poll: 70 percent believe in climate change
By Timothy Cama – 01/05/16 10:41 AM EST
A new survey finds that 70 percent of Americans believe the climate is changing.
The poll from Monmouth University, released Tuesday, found a stark partisan divide on most issues surrounding climate change, including whether it is happening, how serious it is and what should be done about it.
The research, conducted mostly before nearly 200 nations voted last month in Paris on an international climate accord, found that Democrats (63 percent) are much more likely than Republicans (18 percent) to see climate change as a very serious issue.
The poll provides another piece of support for actions internationally and by President Obama to fight climate change. Obama’s main climate policy, contentious new limits on carbon emissions from power plants, is due to be litigated this year in federal courts.
But the support is complicated. Pollsters found that only 27 percent of respondents agree with the overwhelming scientific consensus that human activity is the main cause of climate change.
Wow! 70% of Americans believe in climate change!!! That’s as astonishing as saying that they believe in weather!!!
This is the real story:
“Pollsters found that only 27 percent of respondents agree with the
overwhelming marginal scientific consensus that human activity is the main cause of climate change.”
100% – 27% = 73%
So, 73% of Americans reject the 52% consensus.
Note: In this post “AGW” is shorthand for “the standard definition of consensus: that most warming since 1950 is anthropogenic.“