Nicholas Goldberg: Americans don’t care about climate change. Here’s how to wake them up
The recent UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, which is regarded as a scientific testament to humanity’s role in the climate crisis, has sparked a worldwide campaign to save the planet.
One can argue that the world is already heading for “peak oil” and that we are in a situation that the future is in crisis. If we do not take immediate action to reduce emissions, we will face what the IPCC calls “an additional and unprecedented challenge”.
The IPCC report clearly indicated that climate change is already here, but it also underlined that there is much more work to do. It did recognise that mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions was a key element but stressed that achieving the zero net warming target was vital, as was curbing deforestation, deforestation which results in a loss of carbon from the soil.
I have not yet read the IPCC report, but, based on what I’ve read in the press, it doesn’t sound like a lot of people in America care about climate change. In fact, many people in Australia are going around with big red stickers on their window saying “Save the environment, not the banks or your jobs”.
In the US, some people are even campaigning against wind power because they argue that it’s the wrong type of energy. I’ve been arguing for wind energy for many years, because in many places we can’t afford to lose our windmills and offshore wind projects. They allow us to achieve clean and renewable energy at a fraction of the cost of fossil fuels. Many of our friends, including many from other countries, have moved to wind power.
Unfortunately, Americans don’t seem to be listening to the scientific evidence about the dangers of greenhouse gases.
Americans have become obsessed with guns, and with guns the public is in denial about the threat of global warming.
According to a Pew Research Center poll, only 35 per cent of Americans think global warming is a “very serious” threat. And only 20 per cent believe that climate change is “very serious” or “severe”.
On the other hand, 74 per cent of voters who agree with the president’s position on climate change believe it is either “serious” or “severe”.
I think these people do not understand what climate change is all about. It may be a “serious