Yesterday, there was wailing and gnashing of teeth among the usual climate activists over the lack of interest in climate change during the presidential debate. Serial climate doomster Joe Romm, of the hopelessly compromised “Climate Progress’, who has been outed in the Wikileaks Podesta emails as nothing but a paid political operative, called the lack of interest by moderators “criminally irresponsible’, which is hilarious in the context of his own behavior.
On Twitter, admitted document thief and poseur Dr. Peter Gleick also had some sharp words:
Dear debate moderators,#Climate change is a far worse threat to us than terrorism, economy, or anything else.
ASK A DAMN CLIMATE QUESTION.
— Peter Gleick 🇺🇸 (@PeterGleick) October 5, 2016
Even the NYT got into the act:
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 20, 2016
In September, the League of Conservation voters, got into bed with some other politically motivated doomsters (like Daily Kos, Fiends of the Earth, and Media Matters) to get a petition with over 100,000 signatures asking, nay, demanding that climate be given attention during the debate.
Except, LCV was still running this petition as of this writing today (linked off their main page at http://lcv.org seen here:
….and somehow, they only seem to have gathered 22,091 signatures according to the signup page linked from the LCV website:
Obviously, LCV must be using the time honored climate science method of using adjusted data in their press release. Either that, or they wrote the press release to say 100,000 before they actually gathered signatures. In their press release, (archived here) they don’t actually give any data, and I’m sure Steve Mosher will be on their case soon, demanding they publish their data and methodology.
It is pretty lame when even the far left can’t rouse their base and has to inflate numbers. But, given what we’ve seen from Wikileaks lately, I suppose this inflation of climate numbers is more of a modus operandii than we previously realized. Sadly, it looks like the American Geophysical Union (AGU) got suckered in with that LCV press release and didn’t bother to check the numbers. Well, that’s today’s science method, I guess.
Well, geniuses, here’s why there were no debate questions about climate, and it isn’t some failure of the already irresponsible journalism practiced there. It’s just that beyond the climate zealots, in the real world, few people care anymore.There are far bigger problems to be worried about.
In this survey of U.S. Voters, climate change came in dead last:
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation h/t to “PCGamerLT” on Twitter
Other polls show similar lack of interest in climate. For example, this worldwide poll conducted by the U.N. that we covered on WUWT in 2015, still ranks climate dead last in 2016 with almost 10 million votes cast:
Oh, the pain!
But most telling is this September 2016 poll from the Associated Press that says:
When asked whether they would support a monthly fee on their electric bill to combat climate change, 42 percent of respondents are unwilling to pay even $1. Twenty-nine percent would pay $20, an amount roughly equivalent to what the federal government estimates the damages from climate change would be on each household. And, 20 percent indicate they are willing to pay $50 per month.
Almost half say not one dollar, with nearly a third saying it’s only worth the cost of lunch in most cities ($20). Yet somehow, failing to ask climate questions in the presidential debate were a “failure of journalism” and “criminally irresponsible”.