The Authoritative Hispanic View of Global Warming

The same group of suspects who recently that found that Republicans were upset by global warming has discovered the same about Hispanics:

According to a poll conducted last month by the New York Times, Stanford University and the nonpartisan environmental research group Resources for the Future, Hispanics are far more likely than whites to view global warming as a problem that affects them personally. It also found that they are far more likely to support policies, such as taxes and regulations on greenhouse gas pollution, aimed at curbing it.

So now we know what Hispanics -- all Hispanics -- think of global warming. We don't, however, know what blacks or Asians think of global warming; what if blacks and Asians fear global cooling?  What then is a consensus-seeking politician to do?

Among Hispanic respondents to the poll, 54 percent rated global warming as extremely or very important to them personally, compared with 37 percent of whites. Sixty-seven percent of Hispanics said they would be hurt personally to some degree if nothing was done to reduce global warming, compared with half of whites.

The whole poll, of course, is ridiculous. Hispanics are not a single group of people, they can be from many different countries and backgrounds. Chileans and Mexicans and Spaniards will be the first to tell you that they are very different people. Also, the takers of the poll were hardly unbiased, and we don't even know how the question was asked (or pushed). Did they even make certain to poll American citizens? Or were some of their respondents as undocumented as global warming?

Experts say that climate change is growing rapidly as a concern for Hispanics, who are likely to be more physically and economically vulnerable to the effects of global warming, such as more extreme droughts and floods, lower crop yields, and hotter temperatures.

Are Hispanics more likely to work near oceans or on farms than white people? Are Hispanics really more vulnerable to hotter temperatures? Would white people from Michigan really cope with summers in Costa Rica better than the natives? I don't think so.

“There’s a stereotype that Latinos are not aware of or concerned about these issues,” said Gabriel Sanchez, a professor of political science at the University of New Mexico and director of research at Latino Decisions, a survey firm focused on the Hispanic population. “But Latinos are actually among the most concerned about the environment, particularly global warming.”

There's a stereotype that Latinos are not concerned with this issue, so now they are creating the opposite stereotype to counter it.

One reason, Mr. Sanchez and others said, is that Hispanics often live in areas where they are directly exposed to pollution, such as neighborhoods near highways and power plants.

What does living near pollution have to do with global warming?

Tony Vazquez of San Jose, Calif., a poll respondent and a former truck driver who now makes nickel plates for car parts, said in a follow-up interview that he would support policies such as national taxes on greenhouse gas pollution, even if that raised the cost of gasoline and electricity from fossil fuels. “Where I live, you don’t know what you’re breathing — smog and pollution from refineries, ships, diesel trucks,” Mr. Vazquez said. “You’re breathing it all. They need to do something about air pollution.”

Ah ha! So fear of smog=fear of global warming. The problem is that while one kind of pollution is real, and measurable, the other is not. (There is no global warming -- no global increase in temperatures for 17 years, unless you count the falsified temperature records. And even if there was global warming, there is no evidence or even viable theory that it is caused by human activities.)

President Obama has proposed spending $3 billion on a global Green Climate Fund intended to help poor countries adapt to the effects of climate change

Thanks, Obama! Feel free to wrap up every person in the third world in layers of tinfoil and scuba gear to protect against sunstroke and floods. Just don't do it with our money.

I thought the liberal media was constantly telling us how amnesty was the biggest concern of Latinos. But if global warming is really their chief concern, then Latinos should be against amnesty. The more people who come to America, the more resources they use and the more carbon-based fuels they use up. A community truly alarmed by imaginary global warming should want fewer, not more immigrants.

Congratulations, New York Times, you've just turned Hispanics against amnesty! (If, indeed, they were ever really for it).

Pedro Gonzales is editor of, the conservative news site. Feedback is welcome