As the Japan earthquake and tsunami ignite talks of global warming, a recently released Gallup poll indicates a growing number of Americans believe the warnings about Global warming are exaggerated.
According to the poll, the number of Americans who believe global warming is an overstated issue has grown from 30 percent in 2000 to now 41 percent. The poll was based on telephone interview with 1,012 national adults, aged 18 and older, conducted March 5-8, 2009.
Nick Loris, a policy analyst for the conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation, says the change in the public opinion is likely tied to the status of the economy. “It’s a shift in priorities,” he explains.
According to Loris, the global warming grew to popularity in the wake of Al Gore’s 2006 film “An Inconvenient Truth.”
“It was a time when Katrina was high in people’s mind,” Loris said.
He also added that the majority of Americans are primarily concerned with the struggling economy. “People recognize there is a huge economic cost for [environmental policy with] low environmental benefits, and they’re not having it,” he stated.
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