Global Warming Follies

Study: The more you know about GW the less you care!

Posted in Follies by tjgavin on March 29, 2008

Here’s one that’ll keep ’em busy for awhile:

The more you know the less you care — at least that seems to be the case with global warming. A telephone survey of 1,093 Americans by two Texas A&M University political scientists and a former colleague indicates that trend, as explained in their recent article in the peer-reviewed journal Risk Analysis.

“More informed respondents both feel less personally responsible for global warming, and also show less concern for global warming,” states the article…

The diminished concern and sense of responsibility flies in the face of awareness campaigns about climate change, such as in the movies An Inconvenient Truth and Ice Age: The Meltdown and in the mainstream media’s escalating emphasis on the trend.

What’s an Algore to do since another movie will just make people MORE apathetic? How rich!

And, of course, it never occurs to the authors to posit that perhaps the more informed you are the more likely you are to understand that its probably a crock.



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  1. Tim G said,

    I like that one. I was pondering over something like this recently–what would the response be in a general public survey about global warming? This is a good start.

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