Posts Tagged ‘polling data’

Science or Science Fiction? Professionals’ Discursive Construction of Climate Change

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Source: Organizational Studies  man-made-global-warming-is-a-fraud-t-shirt

by Lianne M. Lefsrud and Renate E. Meyer

Abstract

This paper examines the framings and identity work associated with professionals’ discursive construction of climate change science, their legitimation of themselves as experts on ‘the truth’, and their attitudes towards regulatory measures. Drawing from survey responses of 1077 professional engineers and geoscientists, we reconstruct their framings of the issue and knowledge claims to position themselves within their organizational and their professional institutions. In understanding the struggle over what constitutes and legitimizes expertise, we make apparent the heterogeneity of claims, legitimation strategies, and use of emotionality and metaphor. By linking notions of the science or science fiction of climate change to the assessment of the adequacy of global and local policies and of potential organizational responses, we contribute to the understanding of ‘defensive institutional work’ by professionals within petroleum companies, related industries, government regulators, and their professional association. (more…)

Is Global Warming Man-Made? The Majority of Christian Pastors Don’t Think So

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Source:  The Blaze

As scientists continue to sound the alarm on global warming and its alleged discontents, it seems at least one sector is unconvinced that the phenomenon is actually unfolding. In sum, 54 percent of Protestant pastors consulted by LifeWay Research rejected the notion that “global warming is real and man-made,” with 43 percent agreeing with this sentiment.

Not surprisingly, there are some partisan differences worth noting. While 75 percent of Democratically-aligned faith leaders strongly agree that global warming is real and man-made, only 20 percent of Independents and seven percent of Republican pastors believe the same.

GOP-aligned preachers are also the most likely to strongly disagree, with 49 percent falling into this category; only five percent of pastors who call themselves political Democrats strongly reject global warming as a man-made phenomenon. Here are some of LifeWay’s other demographic findings: (more…)

75% Say U.S. Not Doing Enough To Develop Its Gas And Oil Resources

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Source:  Rasmussen Report

Most voters continue to feel America needs to do more to develop domestic gas and oil resources. They also still give the edge to finding new sources of oil over reducing gas and oil consumption.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that just 19% believe the United States does enough to develop its own gas and oil resources. Seventy-five percent (75%) do not think the country is doing enough in this area. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

These findings are virtually unchanged from late February.

Forty-nine percent (49%) of voters say, when given the choice, that increasing the supply of oil by finding new sources is a better energy policy than reducing demand by cutting gas and oil consumption. Forty-two percent (42%) believe reducing the demand for oil is the better energy policy. (more…)

International Survey of Climate Scientists

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

by Joe Bast

German scientists Dennis Bray and Hans von Storch have released their latest international survey of climate scientists. The data is reported here:

http://coast.gkss.de/staff/storch/pdf/GKSS_2010_9.CLISCI.pdf

I’ve spent a little time with this report. Here are my observations. Feel free to forward and cite this posting, I’ll get it up on Heartland’s Freedom Pub momentarily. I’ll appreciate comments on whether I got this right.

* The report consists of 120 graphs (the numbering system includes, e.g., 11a and 11b, so the exact number is different from the 73 that identifies the last table) and contains no interpretation or discussion of the results. Discussion of the results apparently appears (or will appear) in an article in Environmental Science and Policy. The abstract of that article (presented on page 12 of the current report) seems to completely miss the obvious implications of the survey. No surprise, since Bray and von Storch tried to hide the plain results of their past work in a similar fashion. (more…)

UK: belief in climate change plummets

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Source:  http://www.australianclimatemadness.com/?p=3261

A poll in the UK Guardian shows that belief in man-made global warming is disappearing faster than a Himalayan glacier, thanks to Climategate and daily revelations of IPCC blunders:

Public conviction about the threat of climate change has declined sharply after months of questions over the science and growing disillusionment with government action, a leading British poll has found. (more…)