Theodore's World: Listen Up Obama ~ 2 Out of 3 Americans Oppose Your Cap and Trade

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July 23, 2009

Listen Up Obama ~ 2 Out of 3 Americans Oppose Your Cap and Trade

2 out of 3 Americans oppose carbon taxes

Survey shows huge majority resists opening wallets for Cap-and-Trade


Almost half of the Americans who responded to a new poll say they have concerns about the impact of carbon dioxide on the climate, but two out of three say they have no interest whatsoever in opening their wallets to pay for any mitigation.

Asked whether they "believe that man-produced carbon dioxide and other so-called greenhouse gases will induce catastrophic climate change" if unaddressed, 49.6 percent of the respondents said yes. Twenty-seven percent said no, and 23.4 percent were uncertain. The concern from Democrats and Republicans was reversed with Democrats saying 10-1 yes and Republicans saying 2-1 no.

However, when asked if they were willing to "pay significantly higher energy bills in the hope of heading off what some scientists believe to be impending climate change," 63.6 percent said no. That included Democrats by a margin of almost 3-1 and members of the GOP by 12-1.

The WND/Wenzel survey was conducted July 12-17 using an automated telephone technology calling a random sampling of listed telephone numbers nationwide. The survey included 16 questions and carries a 95 percent confidence interval. It included 807 adult respondents. It carries a margin of error of +/– 3.4 percentage points.

Asked about the pending "cap and trade" legislation in Congress that restricts the amount of carbon dioxide and water vapor that can be produced – generating financial penalties for violators – only 23.7 percent of the respondents support the measure.

Nearly 42 percent opposed it and another 35 percent were unsure.

"As the U.S. Senate considers the bill, the fact that fewer than one in four Americans favors its passage should give them serious pause," Wenzel commented.

The core of the opposition appeared to be the costs, but Americans also were worried about the impact on the economy from rocketing prices for gasoline, natural gas, electricity and other sources of energy.

U.S. top greenhouse gas emitter, counting imports



The United States is by far the biggest greenhouse gas emitter ahead of China if consumers in rich nations are given responsibility for energy used to make imported goods, a researcher said on Wednesday.

Greenhouse gases, including by factories making goods such as cars or televisions for export, usually count toward the total of the country where they are made. Such data indicate that China has overtaken the United States as top emitter.

But adjusting emissions according to the country where consumers of goods live swells emissions by developed nations, said Glen Peters, a researcher at the Center for International Climate and Environment Research in Oslo (CICERO).

"The ranking makes a lot of rich countries look worse and a lot of poor countries look better," he told Reuters.

In the ranking of 73 nations, Americans have the biggest annual "carbon footprint" at the equivalent of 29 tonnes of carbon dioxide per capita, ahead of Australians on 21 tonnes and Canadians on 20 tonnes.


Wild Thing's comment........

Scientists who seek data to support their conclusions and not the other way around are the worst sort of charlatans.

Hold on, hold on...let me get this straight. We are responsible for the pollution that we create AND for the pollution that others create, simply because we buy their cheap junk?

The twists and turns that some people go through, just to blame America for something mystifies me.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Posted by Wild Thing at July 23, 2009 05:50 AM


This whole carbon debate is based on a flawed Computer model. In order to have an effective model, you must know all the parameters of that model. Everyday we learn that well this model didn't all the variables that govern the Earth. I don't think anyone has all the variables or even knows all the variables that make up the earths atmosphere, yet, they spin their results as they want it.

Algore is a bigger yutz that these geeks spinning their junk science for. And nobody is allowed to question their Romper-room-junk science.

Posted by: Mark at July 23, 2009 12:20 PM

China will tell the UN no on any greenhouse restrictions. We should also say no. This climate change is flaky science and they have already been caught in some exagerrations and lies.

If we develop our own proven oil and coal reserves we will have all the power we need. We can add nuclear to that and then we would really be in good shape.

Let Al Gore and John Travolta quit riding their private jets to reduce carbon emissions.

Posted by: TomR at July 23, 2009 12:30 PM

On 9/12/2001 I saw an ABC reporter come to Waxman and ask several leading questions to try to get a quote to the affect that Ameriaca had brought the 9/11 attack down on itself. Congressman Waxman rebuffed the reporter and I was very proud of him on that day. Since then two things have occured. Frist, Waxman has done nothing to be proud of since and second, the reporter looking to blame America first did go to Waxman for a quote.

Posted by: Avitar at July 23, 2009 01:00 PM

These people suck.
There have been geological and climate changes since the earth began. The Vikings were virtually wiped out in Greenland by climate change and di not fare well in Iceland due to climate change. I know the reason for this. While on a dig in Greenland I found a Viking in a SUV.

What a joke these people are, unfortunately we may all pay for it.

Posted by: Bob A at July 23, 2009 07:06 PM

Mark, that is what really gets me about
this. The things I believe in and am
passionate about I would never hesitate
to debate anyone about them. No one could
even intimidate me if it is something
I have been into and believe in.
Like let's say vitamins and supplements and
how I know they help a person. Just a dumb
thing but I know it inside and out and
I would just say bring it on.
Now Al Gore says he knows all about
Global warming and yet he cuts off, silences
anyone that does not agree with him and
will not allow any debate.

He just keeps proving he is running a scam.
Just exactly like you said.....
"nobody is allowed to question their Romper-room-junk science."

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 23, 2009 07:53 PM

Tom, LOL that was great about Gore and
John Travolta. hahahaa

If they were not phony about it I could
care less that they use private jets and
like John he is his own pilot. But to be a
global warming person it makes them
phoney about what they believe.

Tom I agree soooo much with what you said.
I wish our country would say NO way to this
like China has done.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 23, 2009 07:56 PM

Avitar, Wow interesting, thank you.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 23, 2009 07:57 PM

Bob A., well said. We will be paying for this
horrible scam, dang I hate that.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 23, 2009 07:59 PM

I am all for Western countries seeking new innovative ways to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels....but not at the expense of destroying our economies and future job creation. India & China nearly make up half of humanity on this planet, and they have already nixed any ideas of capping anything. As far as they are concerned it's full steam ahead for them. If my country Australia shut everything down overnight, China would make up for it within 6 months. What liberal governments in the West FAIL to see, is that countries like China are out to destroy us. We are in fact fueling China's rise to such dangerous levels that she (if left unhindered) will become the new power on this earth within 20 years. Cheap goods is NOT worth our soul - but that is exactly what we are doing. Selling out our own national security for cheap goods. It damned time we bought back our companies & industries home. Our countries USED to build everything, we were totally independent. Well, not anymore. Over the decades we have transferred that valuable card to China. Once China has enough of our industrial base on THEIR soil, how long do you think it will be before they grow in confidence to pull the pin. Our countries would collapse overnight.

Posted by: Lynette in Australia at July 23, 2009 11:44 PM