Global Warming is a hoax according to 37 percent of Americans based upon a national poll conducted by the firm Public Policy Polling (PPP).
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, climate change localized to the Arctic may be changing the scenery from white to green. But the climate change picture is not so clear, making it difficult for non-experts to determine what is going on worldwide.
Portions of the Antarctic are melting while sea ice around Antarctica has been growing, reaching a record extent in the winter of 2010, and providing climatologists a scientific paradox. One of the earlier claims about global warming said that warming oceans would cause rising oceans over the next century, causing slow disasters for coastal areas. The ARGO system, which measures surface ocean temperatures, was only deployed in 2000. But scientists were confronted by another paradox when they discovered that since 2002/2003 the oceans have been cooling, yet they are still rising. Still, at least the Adelie penguins are enjoying the warmer climate in their portion of the world.
Many Americans may also be noticing how unseasonably cold it has been lately. For example, this writer lives in Florida and it was fairly odd to be wearing a jacket for Easter. Global warming is based upon averaging readings from various sites all over the globe and then applying statistical methods to adjust for errors (which some people claim is a hoax, itself). While local experience shouldn’t be used to judge the global condition, it should be pointed out that the United States is actually fairly cool recently.
In 2008, the NOAA NCDC says, “For the contiguous United States, the average temperature for October was 54.5°F (12.5°C), which was 0.3°F (0.2°C) below the 20th century mean, and ranked as the 44th coolest October on record, based on preliminary data.” In 2006, NOAA said: “U.S. and global annual temperatures are now approximately 1.0°F warmer than at the start of the 20th century. However, we are still cooler than in the 1930s and several recent years are below 1900.”
It is probably conflicting reports like this that lead 37 percent, or roughly three in eight, of Americans to reject the claims of climate change, saying global warming is a hoax. Still, the overall polling results might make you wonder which Americans they contacted. The PPP also found that 28 percent believe in a secret agenda to create a one world government, 13 percent believe President Obama to be the Antichrist from Revelations in the Bible, seven percent think the moon landing was faked, and four percent believe that shapeshifting alien lizard people from another dimension secretly control the US government (oh, and one of them is Obama’s bodyguard).
PPP president Dean Dehnam said the global warming hoax results show how politics divides belief in various ideas:
“Even crazy conspiracy theories are subject to partisan polarization, especially when there are political overtones involved. But most Americans reject the wackier ideas out there about fake moon landings and shape-shifting lizards.”
14 percent of self-identified “very liberal” voters believe global warming is a hoax, and just 12 percent of “somewhat liberal” voters do. Those numbers flip for “somewhat conservative” voters, increasing to 52 percent and 71 percent for “very conservative” respondents.
The results may also be due to how the question was phrased by PPP, which asked, “Do you believe global warming is a hoax, or not?” For example, some global warming critics like Rush Limbaugh believe everything about global warming is a hoax. Some scientists argue the warming is highly localized due to a combination of various natural and human phenomena (think China and India’s industrial growth), skewing the global average higher than usual. Some agree the data shows a current warming trend but are concerned about the possibility of global cooling in the future. Others say the global temperature average is rising, humanity is to blame due to extra CO2, but the political methods for dealing with global warming are said to be a hoax intended only to grab money through carbon credit schemes. Then there’s the various camps who agree the global temperature average is rising, blame the cause on something other than humanity-derived CO2, and also say the carbon credit schemes are a hoax.
Basically, all this makes the topic of global warming and climate change difficult to discuss. So while the phrasing of a poll question can be misleading, a different global warming hoax poll by the Pew Research Center was released on April 4 and found that “69 percent say there is solid evidence that the average temperature on earth has been getting warmer over the past few decades.” Only 27 percent said no, and one percent said the evidence was mixed. They also found “the percentage of Americans who say that global warming is a very serious problem has slipped six points, from 39 percent to 33 percent.”
Do think global warming is a hoax? If so, specifically what part do you think is a hoax?