Bummer: Hotcoldwetdry Isn’t On The Thanksgiving Menu For Most

Yes, it is that time of the year when we start getting the articles on discussing ‘climate change’ at the Thanksgiving gathering (which will soon be about discussing it at Christmas parties and Christmas dinner)

Climate Talk Isn’t on the Thanksgiving Menu for Most People

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, which for many Americans means food, family and uncomfortable political conversations that could involve climate change for some adults this year.

While only about 1 in 5 adults expect to have a climate change discussion this holiday, 42 percent said in a new Morning Consult poll that they are now more likely to start a conversation with friends or family compared to a year ago. And almost half of adults (48 percent) said they have started a conversation about the issue with friends or family in the past year, according to the Nov. 6-8 poll of 2,187 U.S. adults, which had a margin of error of 2 percentage points.

But the proportion of Americans that reports ever having initiated a climate conversation with various people in their lives is significantly lower than the share of Americans concerned about climate change, according to Morning Consult polling. A June survey found 71 percent of adults were very or somewhat concerned about climate change and its impact on the U.S. environment.

“Most people don’t perceive a social norm in favor of taking climate action, and so I think that sort of feeds into this reluctance to talk about it,” said Parrish Bergquist, a researcher at the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. “This is a risky subject.”

Perhaps it’s just wise to stay away from conversations that can start fights, at least where most do not want to discuss it. Believe it or not, I generally stay away from discussing it at places like work, because it never goes well, and, my starting point when someone brings it up is “what have you done in your own life? Is that your fossil fueled vehicle right there?”

“How do you start potentially awkward conversations in a way that makes people comfortable?” posed Edward Maibach, a professor and director of George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication. “I suspect most people are not expecting to start a conversation because they don’t know how to make people comfortable.”

You don’t. Unless your a climate cultist.

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10 Responses to “Bummer: Hotcoldwetdry Isn’t On The Thanksgiving Menu For Most”

  1. Kye says:

    Only climate cultists, vegans and neverTrumpers find it necessary to discuss their politics at dinner. The rest of us want to put that shit aside for family and friends.

  2. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Was talking with a friend of mine recently at deer camp. He’s a union carpenter nearing retirement and he brought up all the changes going on in society over the past decade or so, including gay marriage (he now supports – another friend has a gay, married daughter) but he’s still not sure what to think of the transgendered. How does a kid with a dick suddenly decide he is really a girl? It’s a good question and the answer likely involves hormones at birth or during gestation that influence brain development. We’re still friends. He didn’t call me a commie and he’s not a white nationalist. He doesn’t begrudge Mexican roofers or landscapers. He thinks the union business leaders are all crooks and that “right-to-work” laws are a crock.

    • formwiz says:

      You gave away the whole thing as a lie when you said you have a friend. You?

      You have no friends. Even the Lefties won’t eat with you.

      And I take it deer camp is where you learn to be a little deer?

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:

        Just because we find you to be an insufferable boor and a hateful creep, doesn’t mean we don’t have friends. We suspect you insist that all your “friends” agree with you at all times. Our friends are Dems, Repubs, libs, cons, atheists, Christian, Hindu, Muslim, white, Black etc.

        Actually it’s a farmhouse.

      • david7134 says:

        Jeff has a yearly dear camp and I am certain that they are really into “male bonding”. He seems to go around and pontificate about the deep mysteries of life, hence discussions into transgender subjects, for which he has no knowledge at all.

        Latest medical update on transgender. The people are four plus nuts and there issue with thinking they are of the opposite sex is a psychotic delusion. This from the web program “uptodate”. Doctors are told to just go along with it as there is no treatment and are cleared to preform surgery and get a ton of money without incurring an ethics or malpractice complaint. It is disturbing that governments have stepped in and support this delusion, which would normally go away in a few years. This has nothing at all to do with the poor people born with indeterminate sex or any of the combinations of abnormal gene combinations involving x and y. Recently parents have burdened their children with sex concerns at a very early age, such as the case in Texas. This is a neurotic issue with the parent and they should have the child removed from the home.

    • Dana says:

      I have two sisters, one of whom is an avid Trump supporter, and the other despises the President. Oddly enough, they are both still my sisters, and I still talk to both of them.

  3. formwiz says:

    You’d think the Lefties would have learned their lesson with Pajama Boy talking IdiotCare over Christmas, but this is a crowd that still thinks Communism can work even though it was a bust 100 years ago.

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