Written by William F. Jasper
With the start of the UN’s Climate Summit in Paris only three weeks away, global warming alarmists are in a panic, but opinion polls show most people are not that concerned about the issue.
Perhaps that is because more people are becoming aware that, despite the non-stop fright peddling by politicians and media commentators, there has been no measurable global warming for nearly 19 years.
As we warned would happen over a year ago (“Desperate Dash of Global Warming”), the global warming alarmists are desperately amping up their shrill warnings, in the hopes of creating support for the UN agenda. At a recent speech in San Diego, California Governor Jerry Brown called global warming an “existential threat” that demanded an all-out, national effort like the World War II Manhattan Project to build the atom bomb.
The multitude of UN agencies and spokesmen are in full alarm mode, of course. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) issued a report on November 6 warning that the proposed voluntary CO2 emission reduction targets offered by various nations do not go far enough. UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said these commitments “are not sufficient to limit global temperature rise to the recommended level of two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) this century.”
According to a report by the French news agency AFP on the UNEP two-degree claim, “This is a threshold beyond which scientists say the Earth will be racked by intolerable drought, superstorms, mass migration and a land-gobbling rise in sea levels.” However, as The New American has pointed out many times previously, claims that “the science is settled,” or that “scientific consensus overwhelmingly supports” the notion of anthropogenic (human-caused) global warming (AGW) are total nonsense.
Apparently, most Americans are not buying the idea that the United Nations (as well as national, state, and local governments) must be empowered with additional taxing, regulating, and policing authority to deal with this alleged “crisis.” A recent poll by the Associated Press brings more bad news to the AGW alarm lobby. It seems to show that public concern over global warming has been declining even as the horror predictions of a warming world become more and more torrid. It may have something to do with that lesson many of us remember from nursery school about the boy who cried wolf.
In spite of (or maybe because of) the incessant onslaught of AGW stories, the alarm lobby has lost support in every category of respondent, since an identical poll was taken in July of this year. Those who categorized themselves as “extremely worried” over global warming fell from 9 percent to 8 percent; those in the “very worried” category dropped from 17 percent to 14 percent; and, those in the “moderately worried” group went from 37 percent of respondents down to 34 percent. At the same time, the percentage of those who are “not too worried” increased, from 20 percent to 22 percent, while those who are “not worried at all” increased from 15 percent to 17 percent.
The results of the Associated Press poll undoubtedly disappointed many of the reporters and editors at AP, which has consistently presented an AGW alarmist bias in its stories. However, it confirms what many previous polls have shown: that the truth about the global warming hoax is getting out, despite heavy-handed threats and intimidation by the alarmist mafia.
It is not only Americans who are resisting the AGW thought police. As The New American reported in August, even the UN’s own MY WORLD global survey of seven million individuals found climate change to be dead last among their concerns. What are the issues that matter most to most people? Here, according to the UN global poll, is the list of concerns in descending order:
A good education
Better job opportunities
An honest and responsive government
Affordable and nutritious food
Protection against crime and violence
Access to clean water and sanitation
Support for people who can’t work
Better transport and roads
Reliable energy at home
Equality between men and women
Freedom from discrimination and persecution
Protecting forests, rivers, and oceans
Phone and Internet Access
Action taken on climate change [Emphasis added.]
Nevertheless, the United Nations, President Obama and other politicians who claim to speak for “the people” are determined to push through their plan to “save” the planet.