Climate change no longer tops US environment worries

Jul 03, 2012
Cooling towers at the Scholven coal-fired power plant in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany. Americans no longer see climate change as the world's number-one environmental issue, according to a public opinion poll released Tuesday amid an ongoing heat wave in much of the United States.

Americans no longer see climate change as the world's number-one environmental issue, according to a public opinion poll released Tuesday amid an ongoing heat wave in much of the United States.

Twenty-nine percent cited water and as the most pressing concern, the Washington Post-Stanford University poll indicated, followed by 18 percent who pointed to climate change -- way down from 33 percent in 2007.

More than 800 adults took part in the telephone survey between June 13 and 21, several days before record-setting temperatures unleashed fierce thunderstorms and left millions without power in many states.

The poll -- which also followed the warmest spring on record in the United States -- had a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points.

While downgrading climate change, nearly three in four poll respondents said the Earth is warming, and just as many felt will keep going up if nothing is done to address the matter.

Reporting the poll findings, the Washington Post said the reduced priority given by Americans to could be due to President 's own low profile on the issue ahead of the November election.

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gmfr
4.3 / 5 (11) Jul 03, 2012
Or it could be a result of massive efforts of skeptics to blame climate change on "natural cycles".
Shelgeyr
1.8 / 5 (16) Jul 03, 2012
Climate change no longer tops US environment worries

Great! It never should have in the first place.

(picture caption) Cooling towers at the Scholven coal-fired power plant in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany.


Whoa... OK, tell me there was no bias involved in selecting the graphic to accompany this article.
Bigbobswinden
3 / 5 (2) Jul 04, 2012
Looks like all three things are interrelated from my point of view.
Vendicar_Decarian
3 / 5 (8) Jul 04, 2012
Should you ever manage to reproduce, your children will not share your willfully ignorant opinion.

"Great! It never should have in the first place." - ShelOil
PussyCat_Eyes
2 / 5 (8) Jul 04, 2012
Climate change no longer tops US environment worries

Great! It never should have in the first place.

(picture caption) Cooling towers at the Scholven coal-fired power plant in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany.


Whoa... OK, tell me there was no bias involved in selecting the graphic to accompany this article.
- Shelgeyr

The picture is deceptive since it was obviously taken sometime around sundown or sunup, depending on the direction of the camera lens when it was taken - East or West. The smoke looks dark because of the lack of enough light to illuminate its true color, which could possibly be almost clear, white or light gray. The picture is propaganda to try to fool those who aren't aware that this time of day for taking pictures would result in a darker print. I always try to avoid taking pictures with my little camera under those same poor lighting conditions. And I don't like using the flash.
gregor1
2.7 / 5 (14) Jul 04, 2012
Why should we listen to a sociopath Vendicar? How many people do yo want to kill? http://www.freag....t_nudds.
If AGW is real the battle is lost when extremists like yourself try to lead the debate. Ad hominem attacks, appeals to authority, and wildly exagerated claims are sinking the AGW ship faster than any oil company can. Perhaps they should stop treating the public like idiots?
Shelgeyr
2.3 / 5 (9) Jul 05, 2012
@PussyCat_Eyes:
Ok, I can dig the sarcasm.

I was actually referring to it being, you know, a picture of smokestacks, PLUS one from western Germany - to illuminate an article about environmental worries in the United States.

But still, you shred like a pro, so 5 stars whether you agree with me or not, and I assume "not".
Shelgeyr
2.3 / 5 (9) Jul 05, 2012
@gregor1:

I suggest ignoring that criminal sociopath. He just wants to be noticed. He's also way behind the times, as both my kids are OBVIOUSLY far more intelligent and way better adjusted to living in a great society than that aging troll will ever be.

But then again, my kids are Texans, so that's no big surprise.
TheGhostofOtto1923
3.8 / 5 (20) Jul 05, 2012
The picture is deceptive since it was obviously taken sometime around sundown or sunup, depending on the direction of the camera lens when it was taken - East or West. The smoke looks dark because of the lack of enough light to illuminate its true color, which could possibly be almost clear, white or light gray.
Hmmm... Photo analysis from someone who sees 900 ft tall glass-headed martians in NASA photos? Perhaps we should get a second opinion?
I always try to avoid taking pictures with my little camera under those same poor lighting conditions. And I don't like using the flash.
-Unless you are purposefully trying to be deceptive. Or artistically clever. One of the 2.
Vendicar_Decarian
2.8 / 5 (9) Jul 06, 2012
I don't "wish" to kill anyone. But there will be and must be corrective punishment for the mass death that your kind of denialism is destined to produce.

"Why should we listen to a sociopath Vendicar? How many people do yo want to kill?" - Gregor1

A simple death penalty will be far too quick an end for most of you. I will vote for slower and more painful alternatives.
Vendicar_Decarian
3.3 / 5 (7) Jul 06, 2012
"But then again, my kids are Texans, so that's no big surprise." - ShelgeyrTard

Excellent. What is your street address?
xen_uno
3.4 / 5 (5) Jul 06, 2012
It's not smoke ... it's steam as it's coming from cooling towers per article (and still steam if coming from smoke stacks). Coal plant exhaust is scrubbed with baghouse filters and electrostatic plates, for particulate and SO2, at least in 1st world countries. I have to admit that the picture is misdirecting and misleading, much like showing Trayvon Martin as an innocent little kid of 5 years ago and not the (then) current gangsta wanna-be that he really was.
Vendicar_Decarian
3 / 5 (6) Jul 06, 2012
xen_uno
3.4 / 5 (8) Jul 06, 2012
Well, coal sucks for sure (mountaintop removal is ghastly), but for mass electrical generation nothing else can touch it. That is assuming the EPA can enforce regulations w/o interference from the executive branch (as that moron Bush Jr often did).
TheGhostofOtto1923
3.7 / 5 (19) Jul 06, 2012
You mean it should have looked like this?
Naw more like this
http://en.wikiped...base.jpg
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_3WxjxC23dHI/S4fjc4pmwII/AAAAAAAABH8/RYBZ7XCDhcw/s1600-h/Immortal Live abbath.jpg
http://www.youtub...nmeAESfw

-You know, nastier.
TheGhostofOtto1923
3.5 / 5 (22) Jul 06, 2012
I don't "wish" to kill anyone. But there will be and must be corrective punishment for the mass death that your kind of denialism is destined to produce.
Perhaps we should start here:

"These 50,000 victims have vanished, as have their corpses, "like they never existed," according to one survivor. But they did exist; they were innocent children, and they were killed by beatings and torture, and after being deliberately exposed to tuberculosis and other diseases by paid employees of the churches and government, according to a "Final Solution" master plan devised by the Department of Indian Affairs and the Catholic and Protestant churches."
http://www.akha.o...ide.html
A simple death penalty will be far too quick an end for most of you. I will vote for slower and more painful alternatives.
-Perhaps this is would be a suitable method?
http://www.youtub..._JJwlep0

-Ye gads.
Vendicar_Decarian
2.6 / 5 (5) Jul 06, 2012
Now what would be the point of collective punishment or the mass death that RyggTard and UbVonTard and ParkerTard have vowed to bring to the world if that collective punishment was not made open to the public in it's grandeur and spectacle for all the world to see and learn from for all time?

Their kind of treason against man and nature will be avenged with great malice. Even by their own children and grand children.

xen_uno
2.1 / 5 (7) Jul 06, 2012
Canada joins the growing list of nations that have committed genocide at one time or another. Just sickening. Never has the world seen hypocrites like the religious in power.
Vendicar_Dickarian
1 / 5 (6) Jul 08, 2012
There are times that I even wish home sweet Canada was conquered but the stupid lazy AmeriTards couldn't pull it off without creating mass death all over the glorious north and a truly progressive and mighty nation like North Korea in all its grandeur and spectacle won't bother.
Vendicar_Decarian
1.6 / 5 (7) Jul 08, 2012
If I were Canadian, I wouldn't lift a finger to halt an American Invasion in the traditional sense. I would just begin a life long and irrevocable campaign to eliminate 1 or 2 American's per year for the rest of my life.

With such a plan, carried out by all canadians, the American population could be wiped out in 10 to 20 years.
Vendicar_Dickarian
1 / 5 (8) Jul 08, 2012
If I were Canadian, I wouldn't lift a finger to halt an American Invasion in the traditional sense. I would just begin a life long and irrevocable campaign to eliminate 1 or 2 American's per year for the rest of my life.

With such a plan, carried out by all canadians, the American population could be wiped out in 10 to 20 years.
dtxx
2.3 / 5 (6) Jul 08, 2012
Should you ever manage to reproduce, your children will not share your willfully ignorant opinion.

"Great! It never should have in the first place." - ShelOil


Do your posts ever consist of anything besides opportunistic quips and making up thoroughly unfunny nicknames?
Vendicar_Decarian
3 / 5 (6) Jul 08, 2012
Yes. Every one of them.

"Do your posts ever consist of anything besides opportunistic quips and making up thoroughly unfunny nicknames?" - Wheatabix
Grallen
not rated yet Jul 09, 2012
I think that water and air pollution climbing above climate change it more or less because they're more immediately exposed to it and it is getting worse. They are probably not less concerned about climate change than they were before. They have just taken note of a marked drop in air quality and water supply.
TheGhostofOtto1923
3.7 / 5 (15) Jul 09, 2012
There are times that I even wish home sweet Canada was conquered but the stupid lazy AmeriTards couldn't pull it off without creating mass death all over the glorious north and a truly progressive and mighty nation like North Korea in all its grandeur and spectacle won't bother.
Naw we're very happy that the great white north is ruled by queen Elizabeth and prince Charles.

This is why things are so quiet up there - subjects are more compliant than citizens.