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Britons Doubt Global Warming Claims

Wonder if it’s been "overhyped”

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25 May 10 - Britain has evolved into a home base for a thriving group of climate skeptics, apparently convincing many that the threat of warming is vastly exaggerated, moans this article in the New York Times.

"A February survey by the BBC found that only 26 percent of Britons believed that “climate change is happening and is now established as largely manmade,” down from 41 percent in November 2009."

          Maybe the public is wiser than they thought.

"A poll conducted for the German magazine Der Spiegel found that 42 percent of Germans feared global warming, down from 62 percent four years earlier."

          Maybe the public is wiser than they thought.

“Before, I thought, ‘Oh my God, this climate change problem is just dreadful,’ ” said Jillian Leddra, 50, a musician who was shopping in London on a recent lunch hour. “But now I have my doubts, and I’m wondering if it’s been overhyped.”

          Maybe the public is wiser than they thought.

"Politicians and activists say such attitudes will make it harder to pass legislation like a fuel tax increase and to persuade people to make sacrifices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

          Ahhhh. Tax increases and sacrifice. Maybe the public is wiser than
          they thought.

“Legitimacy has shifted to the side of the climate skeptics, and that is a big, big problem,” Ben Stewart, a spokesman for Greenpeace, said at the meeting of environmentalists here. “This is happening in the context of overwhelming scientific agreement that climate change is real and a threat. But the poll figures are going through the floor.”

          Maybe the public is wiser than they thought.

"In the United States, a March Gallup poll found that 48 percent of Americans believed that the seriousness of global warming was “generally exaggerated,” up from 41 percent a year ago."

          Maybe the public is wiser than they thought. It's not about science.
          It's about tax increases and oppression.

The article goes on to provide its version of "balance," quoting sources saying that climate deniers are using “every means at their disposal to undermine science and scientists” and blaming right-leaning newspapers for publishing “inaccurate, misleading or distorted information” about climate change.

See entire article:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/25/science/earth/25climate.html
Thanks to Frank Gaydos for this link


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