Number of UK climate change deniers up 400%
Although the Harper Government surely has its share of climate change deniers, they are at least partially held in check by a populace who, as of a 2012 Insightrix poll, are firmly convinced that climate change is real. A rather meager 2% of those polled were climate change deniers.
As this Sept. 19 story from the UK’s Express would suggest, there has been an alarming and dramatic shift in that country’s perception of the issue, driven, it is postulated, by their government’s lack of leadership on climate change.
A shot across the bow in terms of the Harper government’s potential impact on public opinion? This is, after all, a government who sometimes appears to be championing climate change…and not in a good way.
A report from the UK Energy Research Centre also shows the number of those who resolutely do not believe in climate change has more than quadrupled since 2005.
The Government funded report shows 19 per cent of people are climate change disbelievers – up from just four per cent in 2005 – while nine per cent did not know.
The report comes as climate change scientists working on a landmark UN report on climate change are struggling to explain why global warming appears to have slowed down in the past 15 years even though greenhouse gas emissions keep rising.
Dr. Roy Spencer, a former NASA scientist and author of Climate Confusion, argues in his influential blog the UN report shows scientists are being forced to “recognise reality”.
He said: “We are now at the point in the age of global warming hysteria where the IPCC global warming theory has crashed into the hard reality of observations.”
Green Party leader Natalie Bennett blamed the Government for the increase in climate change doubters.
She said: “When the government is so clearly failing to act on climate change, or take seriously its obligations under the Climate Change Act, it’s not surprising that the level of doubt about climate change has risen.
“Of course, however, the 72 per cent of the public who acknowledge the climate is changing are backed overwhelmingly by the scientific evidence.
“The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration concluded that half of last year’s extreme weather events around the world were in part caused by climate change.
“With massive floods in Colorado and Mexico in the grip of flood disaster, we’re reminded that the forces of nature have huge force that we must not continue to magnify.”