Politicians out of touch with citizens

Politicians are more conservative than voters in the US on doing something about climate change. That’s what the contemporary issue  of the respected Bulletin of Atomic Scientists reports on the basis of recent research by David Broockman and Christopher Skovron. (May that also be true in Canada?) Why so? Politicians are not good at estimating …

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A Divide between Continents!

A recent public opinion survey of Canadian and American citizens confirms that, despite the warnings of science, climate change is not a major concern to a majority in both countries. The surveys confirm that a majority agree that global temperatures have increased, but a substantial number in both countries question the extent of human contribution to this increase.

Contrast those conclusions with a recent survey of citizens of the European Union.   According to a special Eurobarometer opinion poll on climate change published recently, nine in ten Europeans consider climate change a serious problem. A large majority – 69% – believe it a ‘very serious’ problem and 21% a ‘fairly serious’ problem. Only 9% do not consider it a serious problem.

Apart from the survey, many Canadians think that measures to reduce climate change will negatively impact the economy.  Attitudes in Europe are very different. Four out of five people in the European Union recognise that fighting climate change and using energy more efficiently can boost the economy and employment. European citizens also overwhelmingly support renewable energy.

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Down-Under Drama!

Australians are never uninteresting people, and Australian politics is a fascinating story of palace coups, policy flip-flops and personality battles. In this exciting environment it is easy to lose sight of the need for action to reduce climate change.

Australians vote in a general election scheduled for mid-September of this year. Tony Abbot, the leader of the opposition Liberals, is relying heavily upon one principal promise: if elected his party will repeal the Carbon Tax enacted by the current Labour Government – within days. Just recently Abbot has made public a letter that re-iterates and repeats this promise in many different words. He claims that repealing the Carbon Tax will ease cost of living pressures on families, help small business and restore confidence to the economy.

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Shaping US Public Opinion on Climate Change

Who are the opinion makers on climate change?  In the US, it is the meteorologists, or TV weathermen, followed by politicians. Faith in meteorologists has increased since the days when the public considered weather forecasting was intelligent guesswork.  With this greater faith comes a disposition by viewers to accept what TV weathermen say about climate …

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