The regime propaganda is not working on Americans, who are much more worried about their drinking water than about global warming.
As much as I sometimes want to lose faith in Americans, sometimes I have to admit that they are quite admirable. Apparently, our countrymen are too practical to be scared by regime propaganda. When asked about their environmental concerns, they are more worried about their drinking water, about water pollution, and air pollution than they are about species extinction or the loss of tropical rainforests. Global warming or climate change came up dead last in their list of concerns. In fact, fewer than a third of Americans worry a great deal about global warming, while over half worry about their drinking water.
This was reported by Gallup, which conducted their annual environmental survey for this year to find that even fewer people worry a great deal about climate change than did in 2014 (34 percent v. 32 percent). It seems that the power of regime propaganda is fading. Perhaps overuse leads to impotence in this case.
Gallup posted a story about their survey: “In U.S., Concern About Environmental Threats Eases.”
Americans’ concern about several major environmental threats has eased after increasing last year. As in the past, Americans express the greatest worry about pollution of drinking water, and the least about global warming or climate change.
The results are based on Gallup’s annual Environment survey, conducted March 5-8. Gallup trends on many of these items stretch back more than two decades. Last year’s increased worry has proved temporary, with the current level of worry on each of the problems back to about where it was in 2013.
Despite ups and downs from year to year in the percentage worried about the various issues, the rank order of the environmental problems has remained fairly consistent over the decades. Americans express greater concern over more proximate threats — including pollution of drinking water, as well as pollution of rivers, lakes and reservoirs, and air pollution — than they do about longer-term threats such as global warming, the loss of rain forests, and plant and animal extinction.
The amount Americans worry about the various threats tends to rise and recede in unison, with concern higher in the late 1980s and early 1990s during the revival of environmentalism, and in the late 1990s and early 2000s amid the economic boom. Since then, Americans’ worry has fallen, with concern dipping to record lows on most issues in 2010 or 2011. The current level of worry on each issue remains at or near those record lows.
That last paragraph makes me wonder if Americans aren’t more prone to worry about global warming and other environmental threats—whether real or imagined—when the economy is doing well. In that case perhaps environmental concerns are luxuries Americans can afford to have when they aren’t suffering from any real worries.