NY Times Poll: People Say Climate Change Action Needed, As Long As They Don’t Have To Pay For It

A long running meme here at Pirate’s Cove is that Warmists, like most Progressives, always want action, as long as they do not have to bear the burden for those beliefs. This is known as “Someone Else Syndrome“. Someone Else, That Guy, Other People, they have to bear the burden, hence, Warmists refuse to give up their own use of fossil fuels and make their own lives “carbon neutral”, which leads to this article by H. Sterling Burnett

(Breitbart) A poll conducted by The New York Times, Stanford University, and Resources for the Future sheds more heat than light on the public’s attitudes towards climate change.

The poll is being publicized because it found a sizable number of Republicans indicated they were concerned about climate change. Just one problem: Previous polls have shown the same thing. Nearly everyone, Democrat or Republican, is concerned about the possible effects of climate change. The important point is everyone has different evaluations of the danger it poses and the best responses to it.

After more than two decades of hearing nothing about climate change except radical environmental activists’ hype, fear-mongering, and misinformation parroted by a compliant media complex, it is little wonder most of the public believes the changing climate is due to human action and will be bad for future generations. Belief, however, doesn’t make claims true.

And, just because one is concerned by “climate change” doesn’t mean they believe that it is mostly/solely caused by Mankind. Hey, I’m mildly concerned, but, I also know there is little we can do about the long term changes in the weather, which is what climate is.

The New York Times’ poll isn’t completely worthless, however. Consistent with the results of other polls examining the public’s views on climate change, the Times’ poll found the public wants to fight climate change only if it can be done for free or very little cost. An overwhelming 74 percent of the public rejected tax increases on electricity use to encourage people to conserve to prevent climate change. Sixty-three percent also rejected higher gasoline taxes to fight climate change.

And that there is the point: few want to pony up if it harms their own lives. They want to still take their fossil fueled vehicle to work, take fossil fueled trips for the weekend and for vacations, want to use their hair dryers and ice makers, use a washer and dryer, take more than two minute showers, use more than two squares of TP, don’t want to unplug every appliance that’s not in use from the outlet, etc and so on. Nor do they want to give their own money to the government to spread around. They’re more than happy for Other People to pay the price, just not themselves.

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4 Responses to “NY Times Poll: People Say Climate Change Action Needed, As Long As They Don’t Have To Pay For It”

  1. John says:

    Wow Teach that was quite a poll looks like 83% believes
    Even more GOPers believe than deny
    Shocking!!! And people don’t want to pay more in taxes gee I thought people always want to pay more in taxes but yet here are dome who don’t

  2. John says:

    Teach there is a strong correlation between people who believe that every word in the Bible (the unicorn believers) and climate change deniers
    1/3 of all Americans apparently believe in the existence of unicorns

  3. david7134 says:

    What they aren’t told is that they also want to fundamentally change our government and every other aspect of our lives. All this for what would ultimately be a micro change in their precious CO2.

  4. John says:

    Dave when you say “they” does that include the more than half of GOPers polled who believe in AGW ?
    Meow it sure seems like dam near everybody is out to make your life horrible

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