The new survey report from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found that only 3 in 10 of those interviewed ranked climate change as a "top priority" in terms of public-policy concern. Climate came in dead last of 20 categories. "Protecting the environment" scored higher, indicating that the public sees the difference between here-and-now environmental issues and iffy future climate scenarios.
On the other hand, 6 in 10 rated energy as a top priority, which means making sure that motorists do not have a repeat of $4 gasoline.
Wow, what a victory for energy and climate realism in regard to an issue that future historians might consider to be the Malthusians’ last stand (am I too optimistic?).
It is cold out there (the poll was taken earlier this month), and no doubt the public has gotten the news that global warming has stalled. But there are other reasons why the public is not buying the message of Al Gore, James Hansen, John Holdren, and others, even with a lot of favorable publicity for the last 20 years.
What might such poll results mean at some of America’s top private foundations that have spent so much time and money hyping the climate issue, including the Pew Foundation itself? I must wonder when the Pew Center on Global Climate Change does not even mention the poll on its home page (is it buried somewhere on their site?).
Here’s hoping that these foundations demote climate alarmism in favor of meeting here-and-now human needs during these tough economic times. That would be a double win.