Claim: Climate Change Concern is Surging – But Nobody wants to Pay More Taxes

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Why do people say they are concerned about climate change, but refuse to pay more taxes to fix the problem?

The Unprecedented Surge in Fear About Climate Change

More Americans than ever are worried about climate change, but they’re not willing to pay much to stop it.

JAN 23, 2019

A surging number of Americans understand that climate change is happening and believe that it could harm their family and the country, according to a new poll from Yale and George Mason University.

But at the same time, Americans are not any more willing to pay money to fight climate change than they were three years ago, says another new poll, conducted by the Associated Press and the University of Chicago.

The data are still striking, suggesting that U.S. concern about climate change has leapt by several points in just the past year. More than seven out of 10 Americans now say that global warming is “personally important” to them, an increase of nine points since March 2018, according to the Yale poll. More Americans than ever—29 percent—also say they are “very worried” about climate change, an eight-point increase.

These changes show up in both new polls. The AP survey found that seven out of 10 of Americans understand climate change is happening. Even more notable: A slim majority of Republicans—52 percent—understand that climate change is real. (The AP asked questions about “climate change,” while Yale polled about “global warming.” The difference in language didn’t seem to change how people replied.)

Yet it’s not clear that Americans are willing to do anything about fighting climate change. Many economists support a carbon tax, a policy that makes polluters pay for emitting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Forty-four percent of Americans say they would support such a tax, according to the AP.

Americans become more supportive of a carbon tax, though, when they know where the money it collects will go. Sixty-seven percent of Americans would support a carbon tax if it were used to restore forests and wetlands. Majorities also endorse a tax that would support renewable-energy R&D or public-transit improvements. But even then, most people are not willing to spend much. Seventy percent say they would vote against a $10 monthly fee tacked on to their power bill. Forty percent would oppose a $1 monthly increase.

These results don’t lend themselves to straightforward answers about what actions to take next.

Read more:

Assuming there is nothing wrong with the surveys or methodology, why aren’t people willing to pay to fix a problem they say they are concerned about?

Part of the problem might be that people don’t trust politicians. Spending the money on renovation of forests and wetlands attracts more support, presumably on the assumption that the expenditure would be transparent, that the money would actually be used for a good cause. But The Atlantic article goes on to discuss the surprise loss of a carbon tax vote in Washington State, a plebiscite which promised a lot of the carbon tax money raised would be distributed to community organisations.

The real problem might be deceptive marketing, all the years that greens have been telling us that renewable energy is the cheapest option.

Why would anyone want to pay more for something which is supposed to be cheaper?

Demands for more money to fund “cheaper” renewable energy programmes simply looks dishonest. It looks like green politicians are trying to cash in on public sympathy.

Greens neglected to explain that when they say renewables are “cheaper”, they are usually not talking about electricity bills; their cost claims are mostly based on dubious assumptions about externalities and “fossil fuel subsidies“.

Voters who have bought into the political spin about climate change and cheap renewable electricity are waiting for their green electricity bills to fall. Poor people paying the energy bills of the rich is probably not what they had in mind.

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January 25, 2019 10:08 am

Why are Americans supposed to fix the problem…it’s not our problem

Reply to  Latitude
January 25, 2019 12:18 pm

That’s the way most Americans feel. The monthly Gallup Poll on the Nation’s Most Important Problem shows that CAGW is only peripherally on the radar. It isn’t mentioned specifically and is probably under ‘environment/pollution’ at 3%. link

The two most important problems are ‘government’ at 29% and ‘immigration’ at 21%.

Reply to  Latitude
January 25, 2019 12:53 pm

When the worst “CO2 polluters” (China and India) seems to ignore any actual action, why should I care ?
When our “Climate leaders” put on more air miles in a year than the average American does in a lifetime, why should I make any sacrifices ?

Most of all, no politican has every delivered a “sunny day”, so exactly why should I believe they can make the next few decades “better” ?

old white guy
Reply to  Neo
January 26, 2019 4:55 am

CO2 is not a pollutant. It is also not warming the planet. Taxation is the reason for the hysteria. You are correct, no politician has ever made anything better

Reply to  Latitude
January 25, 2019 2:17 pm

I think the WORLD sees it as this:

• America has been THE dominant World Economy since the 1950s
• The [i]summation[/i] of all CO₂ output by economy? America might still hold № 1 rank
• America visibly had a huge ecological “egg on face” with acid rain
• And many a eco-activist TV program has outlined America’s coal mining egregious practices
• America until very recently (2005) remained the YoY CO₂ № 1 emitter

… connecting the dots … therefore, The Problem that The World is now Said To Be Suffering from is for the most part America’s doing. Europe an easy second. China, Russia, The Arabias, India-and-Japan falling in line too. 80% of all CO₂ emissions — to date — from 1950 to the present can be attributed to these countries.

… and therefore … the responsible nations, aggressively labelled as “polluters” and “wanton” and “egregious” and “unrelenting” and “irresponsible” and “appalling” and a whole host more, these countries [b]lead by America[/b], are completely culpable in their CO₂ emissions, and thereby, to the remediation of this problem going forward. Period. End of discussion.

Yet, though, while technically true, it has also taken a whole-planet of other consumers, polluters and emitters to really set the stage to where we are today, worldwide.

But… because by now “heads are about to explode”, the simple(ton) answer prevails: Its AMERICA! fault! Dâhmn them! They must be FORCED to pay! Money for the Marshal Islands! Money for Vanuatu! Money for the Seychelles. Money for Greece and Turkey and Botswana and Bangladesh! They’re still trying to climb up the economic ladder! Money, and more of it, fast!

Sigh… this is what happens when you give toddlers sugary drinks before bedtime.

Just saying,

Reply to  GoatGuy
January 25, 2019 3:00 pm

They must be FORCED to pay! Money for … tinpot dictators and other corrupt leaders.

Reply to  GoatGuy
January 25, 2019 5:33 pm

BSandpissonthem… one hid any of this from anyone….they chose to stay backward 3rd world

January 25, 2019 10:10 am

People are willing to buy insurance to protect themselves that problems that may happen.

If the people aren’t willing to increase taxes then that’s pretty good evidence that this so called “concern” is little more than people saying what they believe the pollsters want to hear.

Add that to number of people who are merely polishing the Social Justice Warrior credentials.

Walter Sobchak
Reply to  MarkW
January 25, 2019 12:24 pm

“people saying what they believe the pollsters want to hear.”

One of the many reasons that polling data is junk science and fake news.

Reply to  MarkW
January 25, 2019 3:11 pm

“themselves from problems”

Reply to  MarkW
January 25, 2019 3:37 pm

I don’t deal with polls. They can’t be trusted to be honest. But if I were tied down and forced to participate, I’d probably give the Politically Correct answer. If they’re willing to force me to participate, who knows WHAT they’d do if I said something they didn’t like? Even an honest, visibly true answer can trigger them. I had a pollster asking me about the Trump Economy, and I told her that they were fixing roads and building buildings all over town. Oh, was she aghast! But I wouldn’t let her talk me around to giving the answer she wanted.

Again: I don’t trust polls. I’m not sure why I didn’t immediately hang up on that one.

View from the Solent
Reply to  MarkW
January 26, 2019 2:02 am

To an economist, that’s called “revealed preference”. Look at what people do, not what they say.

January 25, 2019 10:11 am

The climate has already changed. The average temperature has increased by 0.75 degrees C. since pre-industrial times. Ask yourself exactly what harmful effects have you personally experienced from this change. If, like me, you live in Canada, I can honestly say that I have not experienced any harmful effects, but I have in fact enjoyed some beneficial effects including a longer golfing season, lower heating bills and less snow to shovel. What’s not to like?

kent beuchert
January 25, 2019 10:13 am

A lot depends upon how the polling questions are phrased. Just saying there is a concern doesn’t mean
they are convinced, just concerned. I’m concerned about global cooling, for example.

January 25, 2019 10:14 am

Correction: Climate scare ad runs are up but Americans are impervious to climate scare psychologists and policy marketing plays.

January 25, 2019 10:15 am

I stole the idea from here but I will rephrase it somewhat.

I will start believing that there is a crisis when those who keep telling me that there is a crisis start living their own lives as if there were a crisis.

Reply to  DonK31
January 25, 2019 11:00 am

You stole it from Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit.

Reply to  tim maguire
January 25, 2019 1:14 pm

Thank you for directing me to the original source. By the time I read it it must have been 4th hand. When it left me it was 5th hand. It’s still true.

Curious George
Reply to  DonK31
January 25, 2019 11:01 am

The wealthy and powerful want the less wealthy and powerful to pay them for a scarecrow.

Al Miller
Reply to  DonK31
January 25, 2019 12:08 pm

You didn’t steal anything- that’s a simple and very sad observation of massive hypocrisy. I wonder why the poll respondents weren’t asked about that?

Reply to  DonK31
January 25, 2019 12:20 pm

oh there’s a crisis alright – take a look at these cost of power figures in the Land of Oz

40 times more for power + they get rolling blackouts and a quarter of a million people without power.

For these folk creating the crisis It’s like say you buy a car that you know breaks down for a day a week. The solution seems to be, buy another car that breaks down one day a week and hope the days overlap. If they don’t.. buy another car that you know will break down at least once a week and so on and so on, adding service bill to service bill hoping eventually it’ll work out cheaper than buying a reliable car that doesn’t break down.

January 25, 2019 10:16 am

The only thing that’s “surging” is the shrill cries from the politicians and media telling people they need to ratchet up their fear. It’s easy to scare people but it will take more than fear of some nebulous boogeyman to get them to willingly part with their hard earned money. After decades of tipping points that have come and gone, “existential” threats, and “new normals” the people are wary of the climate messiahs.

January 25, 2019 10:18 am

Maybe most folks don’t want to spend money on a problem they don’t think can be fixed. The question of wanting to spend money on climate change presumes that whatever has changed was caused by us and we can fix it. Most folks I know don’t accept that premise.

DD More
Reply to  DMA
January 25, 2019 1:38 pm

DMA, you are just pointing out the real problem ‘ “Most folks I know don’t accept that premise.”

We just need for You the Know a Lot more people. Then it will all be fixed.

James Schrumpf
January 25, 2019 10:33 am

This could be part of the problem. Consider Washington State, with “the surprise loss of a carbon tax vote in Washington State, a plebiscite which promised a lot of the carbon tax money raised would be distributed to community organisations.”

I’m pretty sure the average person is smart enough to figure out that distributing “carbon tax” money to “community organisations” can have no possible impact on the climate. In fact, no amount of money thrown at anything can have any possible effect on the climate.

My suggestion, therefore, would be to use the money to tear down all the cities and move the people into widely-dispersed communities to eliminate the Urban Heat Island effect. With computers and the Internet, there’s no reason for people to live all bunched up like that, pumping extra heat into the atmosphere. Get ’em out of those high-rises and put ’em all into Levittown-sized bungalows with solar power panels on the roof.

Reply to  James Schrumpf
January 25, 2019 5:32 pm

Better yet, disconnected from the grid, so the only power they get comes from their own roof.

January 25, 2019 10:33 am

Well really, the people who are being frightened by the warmunists are also being told by the same people that it’s all the fossil fuel company’s fault. So naturally they wonder why they should be required to pay for something the ultra-rich, greedy fossil fuel corporations are doing.

January 25, 2019 10:39 am

Next time include questions in the survey if recent buyers of SUVs have remorse for their purchase and if they are aware of policy proposals to punish them for their choices.

Gary Pearse
January 25, 2019 10:41 am

The hysteria control knob has been turned up and maybe this advertising has attracted some more people. But they didnt do the poll right. They should have asked, place in order of your concerns the following issues: jobs and income, education, food costs, global warming…. If you did a poll on food costs, energy costs or rental/housing costs and how concerned you are, you probably would have gotten higher positive responses. Moreover, you might be able to answer the question why re reluctance to pay for global warming or any other additional expense.

January 25, 2019 10:47 am

There was a similar poll carried out in the US, “Key findings about Americans’ belief in god”.

I’m not sure if it resulted in a surge of building new places of worship, though.

January 25, 2019 10:47 am

Given all the support for the proposition the we are destroying our world in the MSM, educational system and government, I am surprised more folks are not sold on the subject.

January 25, 2019 10:48 am

The same polls showed Brexit failing and Trump working on his golf course business. Yale and George Mason are both centers of climate alarmism. A meaningful poll will not come out of those places. The issue of Climate Change has been so purposefully obfuscated in the public mind that it’s unlikely that an informed opinion can be expressed. We here are more than aware.

Citizens won’t pay for it because they are skeptical. Many people posting here have something to do with that. Proud to express the skeptical opinion whenever the subject comes up. At first people are usually surprised at the bluntness of this view. Then a couple of examples of failed predictions. Then their skeptical bone kicks in.

January 25, 2019 10:49 am

The thing I love about the Atlantic’s Robinson Meyer is that everything he writes is so easy and fun to ridicule.

John Bell
Reply to  David Middleton
January 25, 2019 1:02 pm

I looked, but could not find his education level, probably just a BA in english as has Chris Mooney, laughably ignorant clucks.

Robert W Turner
January 25, 2019 10:50 am

The fatal flaw in these surveys is that they are biased towards people that are willing to waste their time with such rubbish. A sampling of idiots.

January 25, 2019 11:00 am

In the UK certainly it does, every time when there is prolonged cold spell.
Renewables and green taxes have pushed heating price to the point where a low income part of population has to choose between food or heating. If it wasn’t for the climate change taxes and surcharges such choice would be a bit more bearable.

Reply to  vukcevic
January 25, 2019 11:05 am

If we keep going in the current direction we will all be “low income”

Trump has pushed the pause button for us in the USA. Que the Hallelujah chorus

Reply to  troe
January 25, 2019 3:51 pm

Cue the Hallelujah chorus.
Que is spanish for “what”.
Queue is a line that you get to stand in.

J Mac
January 25, 2019 11:02 am

Fear mongering from the Climate Change Industry fails again to manipulate the American mindset. The average American may virtue signal mildly on a poll but pragmatism (and bloody cold winter temps) drives them to vote ‘No!’ with their hard earned money when it applies to ‘carbon’ taxes.

January 25, 2019 11:11 am

Because most deep down don’t believe it is a real issue. Years and years of Chicken Little forecasts have been wrong every time and people just tune it out. They still go to the beach and the beaches aren’t under water. The weather is still pretty much the same, it gets cold in the winter and hot in the summer. It still snows like it did. Violent weather is down. Hurricanes aren’t more numerous and unless one runs over your head, it is just another news story.

As the next polar vortex comes over the US Great Lakes next week and the temps drop to -20F with wind, the citizens of Chicago and liberal Madison, WI aren’t going to be thinking about global warming.. guaranteed.

Samuel C Cogar
January 25, 2019 11:15 am

Assuming there is nothing wrong with the surveys or methodology, why aren’t people willing to pay to fix a problem they say they are concerned about?

Because lefty liberals are always concerned about social problems …… but they definitely want someone else to pay for fixing them.

January 25, 2019 11:17 am

Most of us were too busy to answer the survey because we were out buying yellow vests and looking into buying interests into yellow vest producers.

Joel O'Bryan
January 25, 2019 11:26 am

The climate hustle machine simply has cranked up the volume of alarmism.
A sure sign the power players behind the scam sense the end in near for their climate hustle.
One last push for socialism and to save the UNFCCC mission of bringing about a new world order on western-style capitalism. Collapsing under its own dishonesty.

The people are not going to allow the socialists to control them. Witness: Trump, Brexit, France’s yellow vest movement. Germany’s Merkel is fading fast — her EnergieWende fantasy is steadily collapsing under reality now in the on-going 2019 harsh winter ( ). And the cold in the Eastern half of the US is just getting cranked up for this next week of bitter cold there.
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It is irresponsible in the extreme for Democrats here in the US (and their socialist political fellow travellers across the world) to tell people that 21st Century’s energy needs of grid reliability and availability (because it is not doable at any price) can be met with solar and wind, while eliminating fossil fuels, without any commensurate large-scale nuclear build out. Yet that is exactly what today’s US Democrats are doing. Today’s Democrats are simply irresponsible and/or simply ignorant tools.

Caligula Jones
January 25, 2019 11:32 am

Funny how that works, huh?

Just this week we learned that the % of people who support Medicare drops when told that this means you can’t get private insurance.

Here in Canada, the “experts” told us 9 years ago that we’d have 500,000 electric cars on the road. The actual number (after 9 years)was less than 100,000.

Some governments gave huge incentives.

That was the carrot.

Now PM Zoolander is going to hit us with carbon taxes.

THAT is the stick.

Reply to  Caligula Jones
January 25, 2019 11:41 am

“PM Zoolander” I’ll never think of him without think of that. Very fitting

January 25, 2019 11:35 am

an interesting list of names:

“The survey instrument was designed by Anthony Leiserowitz, Seth Rosenthal, Matthew Ballew, Matthew
Goldberg, and Abel Gustafson of Yale University, and Edward Maibach and John Kotcher of George Mason

color me unsurprised said methods would field such results.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  matthewdrobnick
January 25, 2019 11:57 am

It was designed by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication Propaganda.
The first author is the Director of Yale’s Climate Propaganda program.

Their survey, its “results”, and a packaged message for public release were designed a priori with an intended outcome.
Joseph Goebbels would blush with envy at the slick sophistication in which today’s climate hustlers operate and hide their climate porn behind an academic façade.

CD in Wisconsin
January 25, 2019 11:46 am

“…Claim: Climate Change Concern is Surging – But Nobody wants to Pay More Taxes…”

…or significantly sacrifice our quality of life and standard of living. We’ve all worked too hard all of our lives to earn it.

Bill Illis
January 25, 2019 11:49 am

” All questionnaires were self-administered by respondents in a web-based environment. The survey took, on average, 27 minutes to complete.”

Reply to  Bill Illis
January 25, 2019 5:41 pm

Self-selection of respondents is a major failure of methodology.

Reply to  Hivemind
January 27, 2019 9:02 am

“The data are still striking, suggesting that U.S. concern about climate change has leapt by several points in just the past year. More than seven out of 10 Americans now say that global warming is “personally important” to them, an increase of nine points since March 2018, according to the Yale poll. More Americans than ever—29 percent—also say they are “very worried” about climate change, an eight-point increase.”

The Poll is highly misleading because it was a SINGLE ISSUE (Climate Change/Global Warming) set of questions. If they allowed a number of other concerns in the poll questions, such as Economy, Terrorism, Immigration and so on, then it would quickly dive to the bottom of the list of concerns to the average American.

I went over this at a forum recently, pointed this out, they suddenly go quiet. Look through the PDF to see that it was only about one thing, this is misleading, trying to make it appear it is a big deal to the average American when it is not.

January 25, 2019 11:50 am

The US Federal government has just reopened in case you don’t notice

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  troe
January 25, 2019 11:58 am

It was closed???

michael hart
January 25, 2019 11:56 am

“More than seven out of 10 Americans now say that global warming is “personally important” to them, an increase of nine points since March 2018, according to the Yale poll.”

What is that supposed to mean??
Does it mean that in March 2018 only 6.1 out of 10 Americans said that global warming is “personally important”.

Or is it just drivel, as usual?

The desperation is strong with this one.

January 25, 2019 12:05 pm

They are going to pay through the nose whether they want it or not. It’s not going to be a choice. Or at least until the economy totally collapses.

Chris Hanley
January 25, 2019 12:08 pm

“A surging number of Americans understand that climate change is happening and believe that it could harm their family and the country …”.
Climate change™ is an utterly meaningless phrase, it can mean anything from weather variations to The Day After Tomorrow but never good and that’s their propaganda success.

William Astley
January 25, 2019 12:09 pm

What are we going to do? Pay China to stop burning hydrocarbons?

The US should pledge the same actions to reduce CO2 emissions as China.

Peak emissions no later than 2030.

“China Emits More Carbon Dioxide Than The U.S. and EU Combined”

“China’s Emissions: More Than U.S. Plus Europe, and Still Rising

Electricity generation from the burning of fossil fuels, almost entirely coal, rose 5.2 percent in China last year.”

NPR found the real problem that needs to be addressed. It is not CAGW or AGW.

China is winning the industrial production competition. We are busy shooting ourselves in the foot.

“China now produces about half of the world’s steel. It singlehandedly churns out as much steel in one year as the entire world did in 2000.”

January 25, 2019 12:16 pm

Figured it might be time, so I sent all my federal representatives an email. ..
“OK, I should probably be leaving you alone to fund the border patrol plan for border security, but ….
I don’t want to find out that you are copying France’s failed attempt to tax the little people for an imaginary fix to a hypothesized CO2 problem.
I can assure you, if you try that, I will be out there with a yellow vest.”

January 25, 2019 12:20 pm

It’s only in the minds of the greens is the interest in climate change surging…. frantic belief does not translate from the planet warming to extreme cold. I subscribe that the greens should turn off the heat in their houses first ( no heat or electricity). That’ll lower the cost and cut emissions. It’s a win win.

January 25, 2019 12:28 pm

What is interesting is that this study doesn’t break down how each dynamic voted, only listed as (Base: Americans 18+). Well that isn’t very precise and that is important for a few reasons:

CAVEAT: there are better links I’m just throwing in what I can find quickly. There are better sources so my apologies. I read through so much of this stuff I can’t always keep track of it all.

1. It isn’t broken down by age:
According to MSM, metrics are revealing GenZ ( I’m guessing what is labeled here as iGen) as increasingly conservative:
Forbes backs that up but of course HUFFPO has a different take but it is expected.

Therefore, having the smallest population (6%) be the most likely to have shifted conservative is problematic, especially considering this has been shown to be politically divided (which I assume is another reason party affiliation wasn’t included in the breakdown). Because of this we can’t determine whether the group of younger, less experienced humans are trending towards skepticism when they traditionally support CAGW. Since they are trending Conservative it would be interesting to get some higher resolution into this.

2. It isn’t broken down by party affiliation:
additionally critical in this discussion is the belief system of leftists vs. non leftists. As media has become super saturated with leftist bias, the polls increasingly reflect that trust in those who are left of center.

This also was just confirmed in the social media study that evidenced left leaning folks are less likely to actually be open minded and more likely will eliminate everything outside the echo chamber:
I can’t find the exact article but it just came out from what I understand.

3. They don’t break this down by race, and it is well demonstrated latin immigrants are not supportive of 1st and 2nd amendments, so they lean left and they are more likely to be skewed towards believing in CAGW.

4. they don’t break it down by gender (women are more likely to support a belief in CAGW)

5. they don’t break it down by income (I couldn’t find a study and this is interesting considering the ample evidence energy austerity through carbon taxes and higher energy prices hurts the poorest the most

6. they don’t break it down by education (which is interesting to see how the onslaught of CAGW/CACC/disruption/weirding/reallystinkyafterthanksgivinggas propaganda is fairing)

This is the resolution we need to compare to previous information, because it will tell us exactly who is believing in the climate propaganda. Then we can determine why this would be based on their IQ, Genetics, culture, educational background, political leanings, and exposure to this propaganda. Without a very rigorous examination of those categories, this “survey” (in which they supply computers to those who don’t have them but wish to participate- which doesn’t require much imagination as to what groups would need this assistance)

“Those contacted who would choose to join the panel but do not have access
to the Internet are loaned computers and given Internet access so they may participate. ” Pg. 47, paragraph 2

section 4.2 – people are getting bombarded by the MSM, with at least 79% reporting up to a few times per year, and 56% at least once a month yet they only hear others discuss it 50% and 26% respectively with those timeframes.
If the interest was growing as steadily as this poorly executed research makes it out to be, those numbers should be much more closely aligned.

ugh. I should break this down even further tonight. It appears to me, from every other metric I’ve read, the propaganda is working on:
1. females (millenial aged and older)
2. minorities
3. males of weak constitution [(also known as Beta-cucks in some communities) mostly “educated” in Universities)]

Reply to  matthewdrobnick
January 25, 2019 12:41 pm

“this survey….is insufficient/incomplete”

too longwinded. I lost cohesion as usual.

January 25, 2019 12:32 pm

The problem is the survey question. Everybody wants a clean and safe environment. Everybody also wants to pay the least amount in taxes. When you put the two ideas together, everybody evaluates them separately, not as linked, even though the question is framed as linked. The concepts are somewhat nebulous as well. How clean is a clean environment? What do I forfeit when I have to pay more tax? There’s too much going on behind the scene when trying to answer what seems like a simple question.

January 25, 2019 12:35 pm

The first letter says it all. This is not a problem for the Western countries to solve, , but it is a possible problem for the likes of India and China where all the excess CO2 is coming from, but that is only if they to believe in the fairy tales that we in the West seem to believe in.

Its also time we got back to the original “Global Warming. That is what started this nonsense in the first place.

So if someone says to you that you should be concerned about “Climate Change , counter” them by saying”, Oh do you men the Global Warming which you originally said caused Climate Change.

Hopefully they ” will somewhat reluctantly admit that is true, you can then say, “You mean the point seven of one degree C since 1880,

The Warmers lobby very successfully introduced Climate Change because everyone would agree that the climate doe indeed change, its far too easy for them, so counter this by getting back by saying that “Do you agree that at the root of the Global Warming is the gas CO2, from all of this burning of the fossal fuel.”

Next question could be, “But what about t the fact that you breath out this same CO2, as do all of life on this Planet, and by now hopefully they will not know where to go from here. Throw in the proven Greening g of the Planet.

Sorry this is so long, but it might just work with the slightly Green people, , but not of course with the committed ones, they have a very different agenda, and it has nothing to do with ” Saving the Planet”
Now for those who will say, “But look at Australia, its very very hot, so the Greenies are right.
Unlike the US TV we see, we here in Australia still use Isobars on our weather pictures, so its easy for any reasonably well educated person to see where the heat is coming from,. Its Monsoon season up North , plus a very hot desert to add to the heat as it comes South..


Dale S
January 25, 2019 12:43 pm

I find it interesting that the author frames it as people understanding that climate change is real instead of believing that climate change in real. I tried to follow links to find out the actual questions, but the fact sheet somehow left out the first question about climate change, or what definition (if any) was used.

Still, the Yale survey has 71% saying that climate change is happening, and of those just 60% believed that it was mostly/entirely the result of human activities. So that’s a whopping 42% of people with a full-out endorsement of AGW, let alone CAGW.

48% find climate science “more convincing” than 5 years ago, while just 14% find it less convincing. But why do they find it more convincing? Multiple reasons, but the most popular (76%) is extreme weather events — something that actual climate science doesn’t claim can actually be detected as an effect right now. 63% are “arguments that support the existence of climate change”, which doesn’t exactly describe any interesting climate science. 57% is “personal observations of weather in your area”, despite the warming be too slow and too small for a mere human to observe directly. News stories comes in at 37%, followed by arguments against (31%), views of political leaders (18%) and views of religious leaders (12%).

Was studying actual climate science not one of the options here?

The money question is the most illuminating. What percentage of Americans would support $1 per month on their electric bill to combat climate change? 57%. Upping it to $10 is 39%. Given that, it seems incredible that 44% would support a carbon tax (with support fluctuating depending on what the tax is spent on). Perhaps instead of altering how the money is spent, they should have framed the carbon tax in terms of what it would cost them.

Reply to  Dale S
January 25, 2019 1:08 pm

the questions are listed in the report summary, link is at the top of the article.
Then you scroll down to the box that says” go to report summary”
you can then download the report

each page lists the breakdown by age and the question asked, underneath the bar graphs or other types of graphs in each box.

Bruce Cobb
January 25, 2019 12:46 pm

“More than half of Americans understand that most scientists agree global warming is happening.”
It really can’t get much dumber than that. Inane questions filled with inane assumptions and meaningless statements like “global warming is happening”. Pure drivel.

January 25, 2019 1:21 pm

No one I know expresses any worry or concern about climate change. That ship sailed years ago.

January 25, 2019 1:24 pm

‘Global warming is “personally important”’ to me; I want more of it.

D Anderson
January 25, 2019 1:28 pm

The words before the “But” have nothing to do with the words after.

What does paying taxes have to do with the climate?

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  D Anderson
January 25, 2019 6:01 pm

What does a witchdoctor demanding sacrifices from a village have to do with a nearby volcano?

January 25, 2019 1:29 pm

So, if so many people are so concerned, the situation should correct itself by the actions of those people who are so concerned. No need for any government action of any kind.

January 25, 2019 4:04 pm

In parts of Australia at the moment the main concern is the power outage caused by poor decision making, caused by climate change derangement syndrome, caused by climate change, and naturally all of the above is caused and driven by CO2. …

Reply to  goldminor
January 25, 2019 5:57 pm

Do Victorians need to get used to power cuts?

YES!. And South Australians and New South Welshmen. Until the governments of Australia abandon their crazy belief in the climate change fraud, this problem will continue to get worse with the closure of every reliable power station and hope that the wind will blow at just the right amount to power our homes and industry.

January 25, 2019 5:04 pm

I believe this falls under the old investment advice, that when taxi drivers and mothers at the supermarkets claim to know about the topic, then it has passed discussion and has entered the realm of fashion.

Fads and fashions fail under their own weight when it becomes unfashionable to discuss. As the fad and fashion moves to new topics.

Remember, to get to this level of interest, the alarmists have expended trillions of dollars, which does not cover all of the free publicity given to alarmist claims and nonsensical research.

C’est la vie

John Robertson
January 25, 2019 5:06 pm

Money talks,BS walks.
Naturally most voters are “concerned about x,the undefined subject”,their true level of concern is measured using the number of dollars they are prepared to allocate to that subject.
The governments spend word salads fretting about an endless number of problems,many imaginary and even more self created.
The taxpayer tunes out,energy is short and politics endless,until the parasites attempt to extort the money.Only then is the subject given reality and usually that is when the misguided politicians get evicted from power.
So watch Canada,I predict the “Carbon Tax” (which is a tax on everything subject to the GST Goods and services tax and provincial tax,so we get taxed,taxed and taxed) will result in the incumbent federal government getting destroyed .

The cited polls are precious,Climate Change is undefined.
So I would agree,I am concerned about climate change,assuming you are talking about the massive corruption of civil institutions which the Climate Doom meme supports.
And I too am willing to spend zero dollars to do anything about the weather.
Polls are such fun.
Just ask President Hillary…Oh right.

Michael Jankowski
January 25, 2019 5:50 pm

“…Sixty-seven percent of Americans would support a carbon tax if it were used to restore forests and wetlands…”

What percentage of Americans would instead support a forest and wetlands restoration tax to be used to restore forests and wetlands? Why tie it to “carbon?”

Donald Kasper
January 25, 2019 6:10 pm

There are two social responses to a question. A, the virtue signalling response so the person feels safe. B. What they will actually pay for. B describes the real issue urgency. Saying people care but won’t pay for something is an oxymoron. People only pay for what they are truly concerned about.

M Montgomery
January 26, 2019 1:31 pm

“The real problem might be deceptive marketing.”

It is definitely deceptive marketing, but on all fronts imaginable, not just price, and it’s very obvious if you come from marketing. I’m not a scientist. But have significant marketing background. I’ve been thrust into this climate change fraud because my own family represents a mind-numbing political force in both climate change and socialism.

I worked with Colorado GOP this voting season as a volunteer with very little knowledge of state politics. We experienced the worst defeat in state history which will likely set us back 20 years, so say the people in the know. Basically, California came here and if you know anything about the purpleness of Texas, you at least fear they are next. If Texas goes blue, it becomes a much shorter jaunt to quash our freedoms at ever-greater speeds.

In my view, this could very well mean global governance, ultimately.

Seeing the GOP in action, it was immediately apparent the lack of organization. Alternatively, the Dems have a “rolling machine” that has nothing to do with issues or qualified candidates. They don’t care about those things. They don’t wait for primaries (candidates to work with is not the point). They are constantly building the voting infrastructure to register new voters (even as Independents), and move district lines, etc., etc. (as Orwell would say).

When the primaries come, they basically plug in anyone who will run who is “clean”. The GOP had much higher-qualified candidates with excellent messages, by far. The CO electorate was still a few points redder than blue. It didn’t matter. They then followed up with a superior ground game visiting their newly enlarged base 5 times and harvested ballots through Election Day. Of course they controlled all the media with smear and top-2-issue messaging.

In effect, they reverse-engineer their target market. Their polling already tells them where they’re at with whatever the top issues may be. This time it was climate and socialism (thanks to the marketing done at the University, media, Hollywood, etc. levels). Nothing else matters, not even which issues are on the ballot. If they can focus on the top 2 polling issues, even if they lose on the [often-related] ballot issues, their candidates still win and they not only have control, but already have in place the “work-arounds” to the ballot issues voted down.

In fact, the left already knew they were likely going to lose on the fracking setbacks ballot issue because it’s such a large economic factor in CO. Yet in week #1 2019, they were already working on their work-around plan to subvert the voters’ fracking wishes. Corruption defined.

The point du jour is climate and socialism. We ignore hitting these hard at our peril. The fact that the survey may have been skewed in its making DOES NOT MATTER. It’s part of their very patient marketing strategy, no different than the sensational climate claims debunked here every day. The headline is read and the damage is done. Mission accomplished. They are satisfied to methodically inch their way up the food chain stepping on every stupid, uneducated voter on the way.

Sorry I’m too long on this, but this survey trend should NOT be ignored. Getting people to pay carbon taxes or AOC’s 70% is just a matter of time, which is speeding up with this kind of momentum. Of course, 2020 is their goal. Skeptic scientists need to step up, gather together, and look to partner with a competent marketing machine. Hopefully it’s a ‘woke’ RNC and other network. Are there resources in the scientific community to add to the mix?

M Montgomery
January 26, 2019 1:49 pm

I would add that this marketing scheme is what got AOC elected. Do not underestimate this momentum.

Russ R.
January 26, 2019 2:27 pm

I am more afraid of “climate justice warriors” getting elected and forcing their GangGreen insanity on me, than I am afraid of any climate change effects. We are living in a “climate optimum”. No amount of taxation will improve the climate. They may as well say they are going to use the money to change the ocean tides. They have the same ability to change the climate, as they do the tides. Zero. But that is lost on politicians that see this as a way to further create dependency on government largess, at the expense of job creation.
In order to create dependency, you have to smother independence in its crib. And you don’t sell that by telling people about the jobs that will never happen, because the capital that could be used for creating continued improvement in our standard of living, is being used to trap people in poverty.

January 26, 2019 5:32 pm

‘Assuming there is nothing wrong with the surveys or methodology’

You assume a lot.

Polls asking Americans what they are most concerned about . . . climate change doesn’t show up on the first page.

“Mr. Smith, climate change is going to flood New York City before the end of the century. Are you concerned about that?”

“Uhh . . . I guess.”

Reasonable Skeptic
January 27, 2019 7:11 am

This is easy. Verbal action where people see your virtue is easy. Paying for said virtue is hard.

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