Californians think climate change is happening but that it won’t hurt them, survey finds | The Sacramento Bee

Californians are more likely to believe that global warming is happening than residents of nearly every other state – but that doesn’t mean all Californians agree about it.

Belief that global warming is real ranges from around 65 percent in rural, mountainous counties like Shasta, Lassen, Tehama and Modoc to more than 80 percent in Bay Area counties like Alameda, San Francisco and San Mateo, according to new survey estimates by researchers at Yale University.

Voting patterns are a strong predictor of what proportion of a county’s residents believe in global warming. Counties with a relatively high percentage of Hillary Clinton voters uniformly are more likely to believe that global warming is happening. The opposite is true of counties with a high percentage of Trump voters.

I have been labeled a global warming skeptic by our local progressive Democrats and some bloggers who prescribe to anthropogenic global warming, but I agree the planet is warming. It has been warming since the last ice age, with some little ice ages thrown into the geological time scale. What is never clear in these polls taken by lefty academics is are they asking about warming overall or are they just asking about anthropogenic warming [human CO2 emission warming]? I agree the planet has warmed, and the warming average indicates it has paused for the last eighteen years, with El Niño blip at the end, which will soon collapse into the pause average as post-El Niño temperatures continue to fall.

Surveying magazine racks, there are a lot of climate scare stories pushed on the unwary public; examples include National Geographic and Wired. For those interested in some fact based analysis, I recommend reading THE STATE OF THE CLIMATE IN 2016 by the Global Warming Policy Foundation in the UK.State-of-the-climate-2016

Here some of the graphics at illustrate my point about the pause:

satellite temperatures

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About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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