Green New Polling
A poll shows that as many as 92% of Democrats and 64% of Republicans support Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal. Wait… what? How can this be? CEA President Mark Mathis takes a closer look at the report (more like a push poll), which is brought to you by some of the same people that created the “97% of scientists” myth.
Ninety-Two Percent of Democrats back the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal. Wow! If that big number sounds shocking to you, listen to this one. Sixty-four percent of Republicans are supporters of GND. That’s right, sixty-four percent.
How can this be? These numbers come to us courtesy of highly the prestigious Yale and George Mason universities, so we can trust what they say, right? According to their report, the Democrat AND Republican parties are full of people who think we can ditch fossil fuels completely, build high-speed trains across the nation, run everything on wind and solar, renovate every building in the land for energy efficiency, provide guaranteed jobs, free education and free healthcare. We can do all that and more in only a decade.
Of course, this is complete nonsense. The report I’m referring to was put together by people who specialize in communicating climate change hysteria. The poll was taken before the Green New Deal was even formalized. The questions were framed in a general way that played on the desire of people to build infrastructure and be protective of the planet. We all want that! There was no mention of costs or feasibility either. So, the report is highly misleading at best, and subversive propaganda at worst.
Why do I bring this up? Because we should all be aware of the depth of the dishonest campaign to get create a moral panic so people will go along with nonsensical ideas that they would normally not consider. Unfortunately, the results of this preposterous poll have been repeated many times by people and news publications that normally have a pretty high-functioning bull squirt meter. But in the era of fake news, it’s hard to keep up.
Beware of anything you hear about public acceptance of ridiculous ideas. Even if people can be manipulated in a poll, or by press coverage, they wise up pretty fast when the costs become known.
Politics and Global Warming, December 2018 by Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication
John Cook of the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University is the author of a paper that purports a “97 percent of scientific consensus” on man-caused climate change.
Fact Checking the claim of 97% Consensus on Anthropogenic Climate Change
Analysis of John Cook’s study that there is a “97% consensus” among scientists of man-caused climate change is less than 1%.
Neil Frank, former Director of the National Hurricane Center explains what’s wrong with the “97% climate consensus” headline and why it is so misleading.
Wall Street Journal contributor Fred Barnes quotes numbers used in suspect George Mason University poll.
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