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OKIsItJustMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 05:22 PM
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47% Blame Global Warming on Planetary Trends, Not Humans (42% blame human activity)
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics...

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47% Blame Global Warming on Planetary Trends, Not Humans

Monday, September 07, 2009

Forty-seven percent (47%) of U.S. voters say global warming is caused by long-term planetary trends rather than human activity.

However, the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 42% still blame human activity more for climate change, while five percent (5%) say there is some other reason.

Except for June when the two points of view were virtually tied, voters have been trending away from blaming human activity since January.

Most men (53%) say long-term trends are to blame, while women are closely divided on the question. Younger voters are more likely than their elders to see human activity as the root cause of global warming.

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provis99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 05:25 PM
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1. typical Republican Blame the Victom tactic.
Blame the Earth for what Republicans did to the environment.
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timeforpeace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 05:27 PM
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2. Bush's fault.
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timeforpeace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 05:42 PM
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7. Decreased solar activity is causing cooling so anything's possible.
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OKIsItJustMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 10:48 AM
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12. No anything is not possible.
There are things which are possible; and there are things which are not.
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Downtown Hound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 05:30 PM
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3. "Younger voters are more likely than their elders to see human activity as the root cause
of global warming."


Greatest generation my ass. Thank you for giving us Bush, global warming, a world where 5% of the people control 95% of the wealth, and a whole host of other goodies. Young people are often blamed as the cause of the decay in society. But I'm afraid I must disagree.
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Bleacher Creature Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 05:31 PM
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4. I hate these kinds of "polls"
They are instructive in terms of showing how many people are misinformed, but they are too often used as a justification for policy decisions. Frankly, I don't care if 99.999% of people don't believe that global warming is caused by human activity -- facts are not opinions and it doesn't change the fact that we need to act now.
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RoyGBiv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 05:33 PM
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5. Know what's awesome?

The planet doesn't give a damn what voters think.

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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 05:35 PM
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6. Not awesome. Tragic. For the humans.
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RoyGBiv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 05:45 PM
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8. I was being ironic n/t
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appamado amata padam Donating Member (301 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 06:37 PM
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9. Like 47% understand planetary trends -
47% of Americans can barely point to Europe or Asia on a map.
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 06:43 PM
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10. Rasmussen always over-samples Republicans, so this tells us something we already know
about them. IMO.
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Ghost Dog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 07:13 PM
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11. Logically, both factors are in play.
Edited on Tue Sep-22-09 07:17 PM by Ghost Dog
Humans, in their own interest, have a choice: try to roll with the changes or attempt mitigation.

Here's some comment from Lovelock, Guardian, yesterday: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cif-green/2009/...

Edit: Question: What's easier to try to influence to change, human social/economic behavior or biospherical processes? Answer: The question is badly framed: Any change in either necessarily affects both.
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