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April 19, 2009
It's Alternative Media That's Cooling Global Warming Hysteria
The latest Rasmussen poll reports that the lowest number of voters ever polled -- one-in-three -- believe that global warming is caused by human activity. That’s an astonishing figure, especially considering the all-out green propaganda assault the mainstream media (MSM) exposes the public to on a daily basis.
After all, it’s become nearly impossible to open a magazine, unfold a newspaper or turn on the television without being scolded about the selfishness of your energy consumption and the damage your unworthy existence does to the planet. And yet, Friday’s Rasmussen found that forty-eight percent of all likely voters attribute climate change to long-term planetary trends, not their so-called carbon-footprint. That’s up 4% in less than three months.
Aided by an all-too-eager MSM, policy makers speak of manmade climate change as “settled science” and perpetrate the lie that only a few “fringe” scientists question its tenets. Nevertheless, the latest Gallup Poll reports that 41% of Americans consider global warming to be an exaggeration. That’s up 11% in just 3 years.
So despite a MSM that spoon feeds its audience the latest alarmist crap about how manmade CO2 kills polar bears, threatens coastal cities and islands, incubates all manner of pestilence and so on and so on, the number of people actually buying into their still-unsubstantiated carbo-chondria continues to shrink.
Speaking at last month’s 2nd Annual International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC), a gathering of over 700 scientists, economists, and policy makers that the MSM either completely ignored or debased as the “denier’s conference,” James Taylor explained why. The Heartland Institute senior fellow credited talk radio, cable television, the internet, and blogs with providing information to the American public “whether the mass media wants them to have it or not.”
I couldn’t agree more. What’s more, the availability of such information from Alternative Media sources has had a tremendous impact on public opinion.
Earlier in the conference Larry Solomon explained that polls in Canada showed that those who believe in consensus feared global warming. Yet those who have heard from skeptics EVEN ONCE do not. Quite a strong position – theirs. Any guesses why alarmists stifle dissenting opinion on the subject?
Also speaking at ICCC, Lord Monckton of Brenchley referred to alarmists as “bed-wetting moaning Minnies of the Apocalyptic Traffic-Light Tendency -- those Greens too yellow to admit they’re really Reds,” and then added:
Indeed, the latest Gallup poll concurs. Global warming ranked last in public concern among eight specific environmental issues. Dead last. And I doubt it would have fared any better had dog crap been a menu item.
Which is exactly why the Big Green Scare Machine has shifted into overdrive. After all, the planet is cooling, not warming. IPCC models predicted 1°F warming by 2011, but there’s been none since 1998, so they are well on their way to being proven completely wrong. In fact, the 1°F drop in 2008 was the largest global temperature change ever recorded. 2008 was the coolest year and March 2009 was the coolest March of the century. Meanwhile, diminished sunspot activity since 2000 and Pacific Sea Surface cooling since 2008 predict a 20-30 year global cooling due to short term Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO).
But if you weren’t a consumer of Alternative Media, and particularly the New Media (ezines, blogs, etc.), you wouldn’t know that, would you? You’d likely continue to believe the lame MSM warnings that we’re running out of time to save the planet. And given the acute rise in public skepticism that one monster of a winter energized, just imagine the panic the specter of decades of cooling stirs in those whose dreams of controlling our energy consumption – and thereby our lives -- depend entirely upon an alarmed populace.
You see, it’s actually climate alarmists that are running out of time -- and they know it. Policy makers know very well that time grows short to implement their carbon control schemes. And the media face a similar problem. Sure, today NBC launches yet another of their excruciatingly silly “Green is Universal” weeks to celebrate this year’s Earth Day on Wednesday. And once again they’ll sully their often worthwhile conservation tips by spreading carbon phobia and climate alarmism throughout their broadcast and myriad cable networks.
But these recent public opinion shifts suggest that more and more people will be turned off by such counterfeit tactics, and will in turn turn off their TVs and head over to sites like American Thinker to immerse their minds in the MSM alternative.
The whole truth.
Hat Tip: Richard Baehr