A new poll by the Brookings Institute indicates that ignorance about climate science is skyrocketing. The Los Angeles Times words it slightly differently, but the idea is the same:
The latest in an ongoing series of studies by the Brookings Institute shows that the number of Americans who believe that the planet is warming is on the rise. Sixty-two percent of U.S. residents now believe in human-caused global warming, which is up from a low of 50% in spring 2010.
To the enduring credit of the Los Angeles Times writer, Dean Kuipers, weather is cited as the overwhelming reason for the shift in public sentiment. Kuipers even mentions how little science informs most people’s opinion on the matter: “In general, however, scientific studies weren’t high on the list of influences among people polled.”
This is terrible news for those who live on planet Earth, but great news for people like myself with reader-friendly books about climate science. I wonder how many respondents know that the American news media has been hawking climate terror for more than a century now? One of my all-time favorite climate-terror articles that I included in the book was actually published in the Los Angeles Times on December 23, 1962:
Like an outrigger canoe riding before a huge comber, the earth with its inhabitants is caught on the downslope of an immense climatic wave that is plunging us toward another Ice Age.
I don’t know about you, but that’s the kind of language that would spur me to buy another newspaper — maybe a whole subscription! Speaking of buying things to read, have I mentioned my hilarious and well-priced book? I have? Have I mentioned that it’s available in paperback? Awesome! For less than the price of a week’s worth of the Los Angeles Times, you can be the best-informed person you know about climate change and, just like me, irritate the hey out of people at cocktail parties, Little League games, and basically everywhere you go. Seriously!