I'm often appalled by some of the hogwash I see from US forum posters regarding global warming; as well as the obfuscation that's been so prevalent in the US - and seeing re polls showing many Americans don't believe in global warming resulting from human activities. Seems to me that many heads are firmly thrust in sand, with wilful delusion: people don't want to believe in warming, so they don't. Views impacted by political spectrum of course: to right-wingers, global warming supposedly some kind of socialist plot (what baloney!); also get more right-wing type of Christians saying warming isn't real.
So, I was kind of glad to see these comments from a climate scientist, reported by Reuters:
[quote]U.S. wavering on climate commitment could undermine action to save the planet, the director of Germany's Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research said on the sidelines of a conference on Monday.
Preserving the Greenland ice cap was the defining action needed to prevent several meters of sea level rise and warming which would threaten the world's food and water supplies, Hans Schellnhuber told reporters.
The doubts of many Republican U.S. senators over the practicality of a draft, domestic carbon-cutting law undermined the chances of strong global action soon, he said.
"It's a deeper problem in the United States, if you look at global polls about what the public knows about climate change, even in Brazil, China you have more people who know the problem, who think that deep cuts in emissions are needed," he said.
"The United States is in a sense climate illiterate still. If you look at what people in the Republican party think about this problem it's very unlikely you come up with something."[/quote]