By: E&P Staff
In her latest syndicated column, Ellen Goodman declares that the latest United Nations study “raises the level of alarm,” adding that the “fact” of global warming is “unequivocal.”
She adds: “I would like to say we’re at a point where global warming is impossible to deny. Let’s just say that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers, though one denies the past and the other denies the present and future.”
But she doesn’t expect a “political uprising…. The folks at the Pew Research Center clocking public attitudes show that global warming remains 20th on the annual list of 23 policy priorities.” One reason is the new “credibility gap”: Only 23% of college-educated Republicans believe the warming is due to humans, while 75% of college-educated Democrats believe it. This is partly due, she writes, to “the science-be-damned-and-debunked attitude of the Bush administration and its favorite media outlets.”
But even media who portray the threat in the starkest terms, she observes, face this truth: People who recognize a problem, but see no clear way to confront it, often turn away completely.