The following article nails it.
I count myself as a climate change skeptic, not because I don’t think the climate is changing, not because I don’t think we need to take good care of our planet but because I am not convinced that what we are told by the climate change orthodoxy is necessarily accurate or truthful.
It is of course a propaganda trick to insinuate that someone is an Unbeliever dissenting from the orthodoxy because he doesn’t care about the environment. It is simply untrue and probably a way of shutting people up for fear they will be condemned by the high priests of climate change orthodoxy as villains or heretics.
My own view is that I have seen nothing that establishes with any certainty whatever THE DEGREE to which human activity is affecting the climate in combination with other factors such as an overall natural cycle of change – periodic warming and cooling – that spans millennia and, similarly, changes in solar activity.
I also contend that genuine concerns are being used by criminal elements known as the globalists to create, through alarming and exaggerated reports, fear and dismay as a control mechanism to subdue the human nation and that the carbon credits wheeze purporting to be a measure to “care for the planet” is in fact a money-making scam.
It is clear to me that there ARE matters that we need to address with a measure of urgency but not in the kind of blind panic in which further mistakes will be made. Such issues include restoring biodiversity and taking responsibility for the well being of the other species with which we share the planet and with whose survival our own is inextricably intertwined. They also include reversing deforestation: trees are the lungs of the planet and planting ruddy trees is most certainly not beyond the wit of man to achieve.
And I further contend that the human community has the technology and intelligencce to resolve whatever problems we may have caused PROVIDED our affairs are well and responsibly managed by honest men as opposed to the crime syndicates into whose grasping, sweaty hands our governance has wandered – Steve
Study: Climate Change Skeptics More Eco-Friendly Than Believers
It’s usually assumed that climate change skeptics simply don’t care about the environment. If they did, as the reasoning goes, they would accept the science that climate change is primarily man-made and support government measures designed to curb it.
But a recent study has found that climate change skeptics are actually more likely to engage in eco-friendly behaviors in their individual lives than those who claim to be “highly concerned” about climate change.
As reported by Pacific Standard, a publication of The Social Justice Foundation:
“Participants in a year-long study who doubted the scientific consensus on the issue ‘opposed policy solutions,’ but at the same time, they ‘were most likely to report engaging in individual-level, pro-environmental behaviors,’ writes a research team led by University of Michigan psychologist Michael Hall.
Conversely, those who expressed the greatest belief in, and concern about, the warming environment ‘were most supportive of government climate policies, but least likely to report individual-level actions.’”
The study is yet one more reminder that there are two very different attitudes toward free will currently operative in America.
One attitude, represented by many climate change believers, holds that the primary job of the individual will is to give assent to the will of the collective, and that the collective will often trumps that of the individual will. This attitude assumes that the macro-level is where real change happens, and thus, where one’s energies should be directed. In the case of climate change, the majority (supposedly, 97% of scientists) has deemed that man-made climate change is a fact, and that the best way to curb it is through government policy interventions. The most important job of the individual is to simply support this conclusion through their votes and their rhetoric.
The other attitude, represented by many climate change skeptics, gives priority to the individual will, and is wary of attempts to provoke its hasty submission to the collective will. It tends to assume that lasting macro-level change ideally comes about as a result of changes at the micro-level of individuals and small communities. It believes that the individual will should first “be the change” it wants rather than waiting for a change to be imposed upon it from without. In regard to climate change, this attitude toward will often manifests itself in a suspicion toward expensive and burdensome government interventions, but in a welcoming of self-imposed, environmentally-friendly disciplines at the individual level.
That’s a long way of saying that the study’s results are not in the least bit surprising to me.