So-called global warming facts are losing support in the United States, with some claiming it’s all a fake climate change hoax.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, when it comes to the polar vortex, global warming had some Americans questioning whether climate change science messed up big time. After all, it seems counter-intuitive that the global temperature average would cause some locations to experience colder-than-usual weather. When photos of the frozen Niagara Falls came out, some people pointed out this was similar to weather conditions in the early 1900’s.
Of course, highlighting one temperature extreme over another is not what is at stake. The anthropogenic global warming hypothesis is based upon the entire world’s average temperature, so while North America is freezing, Australia was experiencing record highs. It’s also possible for the global average to be still rising while some localized weather conditions experience a cooling trend over a period of years.
Global Warming Hoax?
Claims of a global warming hoax have spread since the latest UN IPCC report on climate change. Recorded world temperatures have increased at only a quarter of the rate of IPCC claimed when it published its last assessment in 2007. Unfortunately, climatologists are forced to rely on statistical computer models in order to derive their predictions. These climate models have difficulty accurately simulating all the potential parameters and can vary all over the map as shown by this graph:
As you can see, some of the climate models predict a cooling trend starting around 2050 while the majority predict various degrees of warming, with some ending in a plateau.
Regardless of the science, those claiming a global warming hoax are the usual suspects, with Rush Limbaugh, Donald Trump, and Sean Hannity denouncing climate change science. This divide seems to fall along political lines since the Huffington Post claimed “this frigid weather is another example of the kind of violent and abrupt climate change that results from global warming.”
Climate Change Polls
Apparently, Americans are increasingly being convinced that global warming is a hoax, rising seven percentage points over the last year to 23 percent. But 63 percent of Americans still believe in climate chance science, and 53 percent are “very” or “somewhat” concerned about the long term ramifications. But the polling data also suggests belief in global warming remained the same, but the numbers of the minority rose because of people who previously “didn’t know” now made up their mind.
Interestingly enough, it’s also stated that when it comes to active climate scientists “more than 80 percent” agree with the consensus on climate change science. But out of the Americans who believe the same, only 47 percent agree that human activity is the primary factor while 37 percent believe natural variations to the climate are at fault for the warming trend.
Considering that less than half of all Americans believe in anthropogenic human warming specifically, it’s perhaps not surprising that Pew Research Center found only 28 percent believe “dealing with global warming” is a top priority, which has gone down from 38 percent in 2007. Interestingly enough, even among Democrats the political support for implementing policies based upon global warming has fallen down to 38 percent.
Besides the recent cold weather snap, it’s possible Americans have been influenced by the Climategate scandal, which claimed to show the scientists are “concealing” data, focused on politics instead of science, and are readily admitting internally that climate change “science is weak and dependent on deliberate manipulation of facts and data.” Some of the other predictions made about the United States also did not come about, with the major one being an increase in hurricane activity.
Do you think so-called global warming facts are based upon a hoax? If not, do you think the climate change is due to natural fluctuations or do you consider human pollution an overwhelming factor?