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Global Warming – Last On America’s Priority List
For those that have chosen to make man-made global warming a form of religion this might come as disappointing news. Americans just don’t really care that much about it. In fact, since it was first measured by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press in January of 2007, it has slipped a full 10 points and is now listed as dead last on the people’s priority list.
Global warming is simply not a priority except among Democrats. And even among them it is a minority position – only 43% see it as a top priority while only 11% of Republicans and 25% of independents see it as such.
Is it because they just aren’t buying the hype anymore and don’t believe it is really an urgent problem or is it because other are indeed more urgent problems? As I pointed out previously, since Pew has been tracking it in 2007, it has always been among the lowest of priorities with 38%. It has declined even more each and every year since.
There’s a lesson for the cap-and-traders there who would use global warming as a reason to enact the carbon taxing scheme designed to create a revenue stream for government out of thin air.
Global warming ranks lower among the public than trade policy – which I’m sure is followed with interest and understanding by the masses. Politicians aren’t dumb – well not completely. They’ll see that list and figure out what is below the 49 to 50% level and shy away from that for the time being. That means immigration, tax cuts, financial regulation, the environment and global warming are going to find convenient back burners on which to sit. Or should.
As an aside, just because the public isn’t clamoring for tax cuts, it should be clear to all, given this chart, that spending can not go on as scheduled. Nope – deficit reduction ranks up there in the 60% range. No tax cuts? Cut spending then – big time. Not piddling little 15 to 25 billion a year “freezes” – cut spending. Pick a percentage and do it. 3% a year, across the board, for 10 years. Budget for it.
That’s about the only way the economy will get moving. Government has got to quit sucking up all the available credit for these nonsense projects politicians like to claim will “create jobs”. If those who think global warming is an important priority want to see it addressed at all, they’d better find a way to satisfy the rest of the country that the other 20 priorities have been successfully addressed.
“It’s the economy, stupid.”