65% of Canadians don’t believe in CAGW

Now, if you read the CBC you find out that 2% of the Canadians surveyed don’t believe climate is changing. That’s the headline “Only 2% of Canadians deny climate change, suggests poll”

But if you actually read the article here are the numbers:

32 per cent — said they believe climate change is happening because of human activity

54 per cent said they believe it’s because of human activity and partially due to natural climate variation.

9 per cent believe climate change is occurring due to natural climate variation.

2 per cent said they don’t believe climate change is occurring at all.

Does not fit the narrative so the CBC goes with the misleading 2% number. (And you have to be pretty dumb to think that climate is not changing – just the PDO will ensure a degree of change on a sixty year cycle.)

Our warmist media can’t bring itself to recognize that the CAGW panic is over. The science does not support panic, nor do the economics justify very much more than a few studies ideally based on realistic estimates of potential change. (Not 1 metre sea level rises in a decade or two.) Better still, CAGW has entirely lost political traction in North America. There are, of course, still greenie scare mongers; but there is next to no political support for any measures costing anything to address what is increasingly seen as a non-problem.

But, for heavens sake, don’t tell the CBC.

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5 thoughts on “65% of Canadians don’t believe in CAGW

  1. Patrick Ross says:

    An even more interesting poll would poll them on what they believe the consequences of climate change would be, & the urgency of action.

    These polls keep short-changing us on the TRULY relevant data.

  2. CGK says:

    Notwithstanding the CBC fixating on “only 2% said…”, the “54% said…” is pretty misleading too.

    “54% said they believe climate change is happening because of human activity and partially due to natural climate variation”. I wonder what the results would have been if Insightrix had included the following option: “climate change is occurring because of natural climate variation and [it is also] partially due to human activity”. Like most rational observers, I believe there is some human impact but I also favour the view that it is of reduced significance due to [the not-fully-understood extent of] climate sensitivity to human activities. Unfortunately, the survey does not offer an option that reflects this view so it does not capture accurately the segment of respondents that fit in the natural-causes-with-some-human-impact category. Bet that proportion would come out on top and the current “54% said…” category would be way down.

    But even this point is moot because further down the article is this little gem: “Unlike traditional telephone polling, in which respondents are randomly selected, the Insightrix survey was conducted online among 1,550 respondents, all of whom were chosen from a larger pool of people who agreed to participate in ongoing research. They were compensated for participating………The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.”

    I still follow this stuff [and put my friends to sleep] but with a much reduced level of interest except for what Richard Lindzen has to say.

    Nice to see you back. I posted to your old blog as ‘N’ but I noted in months past that a rather vicious troll at SDA signed on as ‘N’ – that emphatically was not me. So I now use CGK.

  3. John says:

    Jay: the CBC headline is actually much more accurate than yours. Their statement can be backed up by the data. For yours to be true all those who think that climate changes “because of human activity and partially due to natural climate variation” must also not believe in CAGW (what ever that means).

    I have a strong record of supporting the science behind AGW but if asked I would also say climate changes due to anthropogenic and natural causes.

    So going by what the survey actually says 86% believe that humans are changing the climate.

    Also, I notice that you bring up the PDO again. The last time you brought it up you said that it was going negative after 30 years of positive. Do you still stand by this statement?

    Regards,
    John

  4. Jay Currie says:

    “I have a strong record of supporting the science behind AGW but if asked I would also say climate changes due to anthropogenic and natural causes.”

    Of course you would John, and so would I. There is little doubt that the mere fact of a growing human population will alter climate to some degree. (And not just in the sense that the thermometers which were once rural are now rather more urban.)

    Yes, I do believe that the PDO has gone negative. So does the NOAA Fisheries Service. That in mind I am expecting cooler winters and cooler summers for the next ten to twenty years here in Victoria. I would not be surprised to see the ponds in Beacon Hill Park freeze over to the point where they are skatable (as Lost Lagoon in Vancouver was when I was a kid (at the end of the last negative PDO).

    That said, we finally had a glorious two weeks of summer here. I blame Al Gore.

    • John says:

      Jay: My point is that the average PDO has been negative for the last 10 years or so. So to say that it has gone negative after 30 years of being positive is flat out wrong. It has been strongly negative for the last 5 years and that has not led to much cooler weather so far. Check your own link!

      Regards,
      John

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