A poll of 12,000 citizens in 11 countries shows that people are not buying the Global Warming theory and that they are less likely to make "personal sacrifices" on the altar of climate change religion:
Results of the poll were released this week in advance of the start of a major international conference in Poland where delegates are considering steps toward a new international climate-change treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.
There already are reports emerging that some countries, such as coal-dependent Poland, are pushing for special treatment to avoid making major commitments to slash carbon emissions during a global economic downturn.
Less than half of those surveyed, or 47 per cent, said they were prepared to make personal lifestyle changes to reduce carbon emissions, down from 58 per cent last year.
Only 37 per cent said they were willing to spend "extra time" on the effort, an eight-point drop.
And only one in five respondents - or 20 per cent - said they'd spend extra money to reduce climate change. That's down from 28 per cent a year ago.
This poll reveals two not very startling facts - except if you're a Luddite who seeks to use global warming in order to ruin the industrial capacity of the west and effect massive transfers of wealth to other countries.
- Envronmentalism - even global warming - is a luxury that most people and governments will support only when they can afford to; and
- The Global Warming crowd has yet to convince people that there is imminent danger of climate change necessitating the spending of huge amounts of money to stop it.
Whether this slows down the effort to impose "solutions" to global warming on earth's population is doubtful. Not only advocates but much of industry is also on board the global warming gravy train, hoping to get their piece of the action.
Expect a redoubling of efforts to sell Climate Change in the near future.