25 Jul '11, 3pm

Forget Tornadoes. Lets Talk--Unendingly--About Heat Waves and Global Warming

Forget Tornadoes. Lets Talk--Unendingly--About Heat Waves and Global Warming

The seasonality of public concern is annoying, or even downright irrational, but it’s also very real. Just look at the public opinion data from Yale and George Mason: When people are asked either about whether “The record heat waves last summer in the United States strengthened my belief that global warming is occurring” or whether “The record snowstorms this winter in the eastern United States make me question whether global warming is occurring,” their answer is, basically, “Yes.” Actually, to be precise, 54 percent somewhat or strongly agree with the former, while 47 percent somewhat or strongly agree with the latter—and they’re surely not all the same people. Still, this just hints at the pliability of public opinion on this issue when the weather changes.

Full article: http://www.desmogblog.com/forget-tornadoes-lets-talk-unen...

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