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How politicized has "climate change" become?
Posted by: McQ on Monday, April 07, 2008

Check out these reactions to the new ad that Al Gore has going out (part of that 300 million ad campaign I noted here).

The first set of reactions is by age:

Obviously younger people are much more supportive of the message than are older people (idealism vs. skepticism?).

But the real, sharp difference comes with political affiliation. Keep an eye on the "independent" line:

Obviously those who identify as Republicans are not at all supportive of the message about climate change (although their candidate for president does seem supportive) and independents are much less supportive than Dems, but more supportive than Reps and pretty much flatten out in response saying, at least to me, that they're probably pretty evenly split on the issue.

It does, however, give lie to the Al Gore quote recently on "60 Minutes" where he claims the skeptics are only a "tiny minority".

Rasmussen conducted this with 611 participants including 203 Democrats, 203 Republicans, and 205 independent or unaffiliated voters.
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(idealism vs. skepticism?)
How about coersion or even brain washing?

I used to get the same ’world will end in 15 years unless we change our ways’ crap when I was a kid. It was pretty lame and transparent. But they’ve had 30 years to refine their techniques and they have. Not to mention a more activist media aimed at kids (eg. MTV).
Written By: jpm100
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Al Gore lie?!?!?!?!
Written By: Bandit
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I don’t think he’s a liar. I think he has a messiah complex.
Written By: Is
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Al Gore Interview in Grist Magazine, May 9, 2006

"Q: There’s a lot of debate right now over the best way to communicate about global warming and get people motivated. Do you scare people or give them hope? What’s the right mix?"

"A: I think the answer to that depends on where your audience’s head is. In the United States of America, unfortunately we still live in a bubble of unreality. And the Category 5 denial is an enormous obstacle to any discussion of solutions. Nobody is interested in solutions if they don’t think there’s a problem. Given that starting point, I believe it is appropriate to have an over- representation of factual presentations on how dangerous it is, as a predicate for opening up the audience to listen to what the solutions are, and how hopeful it is that we are going to solve this crisis.

"Over time that mix will change. As the country comes to more accept the reality of the crisis, there’s going to be much more receptivity to a full-blown discussion of the solutions."

Lie first; talk later.
Written By: Arch
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With this answer, I don’t think he meant that you have to exaggerate the facts, although I’ve seen other environmentalists say exactly that. He just said that, in the mix of presentations on the issue, the problem itself has to be emphasized more than solutions to the problem.
Written By: Luke
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Oh come on Luke! What else could "over representation of the facts" mean? If he meant emphasize the problem more, that would have been the clear and easy thing to say. He means stretch the truth.
Written By: Grimshaw
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How could you not believe everything Al Gore says about Global Warming/Climate Change? I mean, after all, he has advanced degrees in, well, uh, er, hmmm, he *did* attend Divinity school for a while, and that’s pretty close to having a PhD in Climatology, right?
Written By: JorgXMcKie
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It means lie about the facts.

A one meter rise in sea level becomes 20 meters. A 0.7° C rise in temperature becomes 7° C. Two dead polar bears becomes extinction of polar bears. The Little Ice Age and the Bronze Age Warm Period did not happen. When carbon dioxide levels rise after the atmosphere warms, reverse the two. If scientists disagree, deny them government research grants and have their work attacked. Equate AGW skeptics with Holocaust deniers and accuse them of being in the service of big oil. These things are happening. Gore and his AGW advocates are beyond spin; they intentionally altering the facts.

If the truth does not justify public support, lie about it.

Written By: Arch
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In the United States of America, unfortunately we still live in a bubble of unreality.

.. but when you see ..
The world will experience global cooling this year, according a leading climate scientist.
.. followed by ..
However, the World Meteorological Organisation insists that this year’s cooling has nothing to do with global climate change.
I’d say I know exactly here that unreality exists.
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