Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Climate Change as a political proxy measure

Rick emails to point out that the population simply isn't much interested in Climate Change:
A YouGov poll of 18,000 people in 17 countries found only 9.2 percent of Americans rank global warming as their biggest concern. Only Saudi Arabians were less concerned about global warming at 5.7 percent. The biggest concern for Americans was global terrorism — 28 percent of Americans polled listed this as their top issue.
Despite a big PR push by President Barack Obama to tout his administration’s global warming agenda, most Americans have been unconvinced it’s the country’s most pressing issue. A Fox News poll from November found only 3 percent of Americans list global warming as their top concern.
So why the intense focus by the political establishment?  Partly it's so that Democrats have an issue to run on this year that isn't their terrible track record of governance screw ups.  Partly it's about political donations from "Big Green" environmental movements.  Partly it's a desire (by both parties) for higher revenue from Carbon taxes and the like.

But the real message to take away from this is that it reflects the profound anti-democratic views of the entire governing class.  The concerns and desires of the governed are quite irrelevant - only the concerns and desires of the elite matter.

It's another example of the anarchy-tyranny in which we find ourselves: the anarchy (lack of effective approach to terrorism) is mixed in equal measure with tyranny (a continued push for Carbon Taxes, and damn the polls).

3 comments:

SiGraybeard said...

They say, "when the people lead, the leaders will follow", but it hasn't happened yet. The people have been rejecting the AGW alarmism for several years.

Wouter de Waal said...

Oh, you are so misguided.

Government knows what's good for you. Accept it.

(half wondering if I need a smiley face here...)

Old NFO said...

Yep, they're playing the 'squirrel' card... Anything to distract... sigh