GreenTracker| Prince Charles blasted climate change skeptics in a speech make before the European Parliament in Brussels Wednesday, especially citing doubters in the United States who are having a “corrosive effect” on public opinion.
“Their suggestion, that hundreds of scientists around the world … are somehow unconsciously biased, creates the implication that many of us are secretly conspiring to undermine and deliberately destroy the entire market-based capitalist system,” he said.
Charles asked: “How are these people going to face their grandchildren and admit to them that they failed their future?” via Europolitics
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Prince Charles Addressing Climate Sceptics
The Economist weighs in with their own analysis in Why don’t Americans believe in global warming? apologizing for the trick headline because in 2011 Rasmussen Energy Update reported that 58% of Americans do believe in climate change.
It’s correct to say that the numbers have declined. The Economist explores American attitudes about climate change on these fronts:
Psychological: The consequences of climate change are too awful to contemplate. Therefore, we’re denying the issue, as we used to deny monsters in the room by hiding under the blanket. If you don’t look at it, it can’t look at you.
Economic: The costs of a large-scale effort to fight global warming are too steep to bear. Therefore, we’re trying to ignore the issue, or pretending it doesn’t exist, or we believe that the economy (including development) is more important.
Political: The fact that Democrats are always hammering on about climate change and Republicans aren’t suggests that this is a political issue, not a scientific one. This creates a feedback loop: if climate change were real, why is it so polarising? Because it’s so polarising, it must be slightly suspicious.
Epistemological: Why should we believe in climate change? Where’s the evidence? All we know is what scientists say, and scientists are sometimes wrong. And don’t even get me started on Al Gore.
Metaphysical: God isn’t going to let millions of people die in an epic drought.
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