Good News: A Generaton of Climate Change Skeptics

Russ Steele

I was surprised when I read this study, Gen-x have been subjected to a huge global warming disinformation campaign in their schools and daily lives, yet they did not buy Al Gores message.

 Young Skeptics? Generation X unconcerned about climate change

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—As the nation suffers through a summer of record-shattering heat, a University of Michigan report finds that Generation X is lukewarm about climate change—uninformed about the causes and unconcerned about the potential dangers.

“Most Generation Xers are surprisingly disengaged, dismissive or doubtful about whether global climate change is happening and they don’t spend much time worrying about it,” said Jon D. Miller, author of “The Generation X Report.”

The new report, the fourth in a continuing series, compares Gen X attitudes about climate change in 2009 and 2011, and describes the levels of concern Gen Xers have about different aspects of climate change, as well as their sources of information on the subject.

“We found a small but statistically significant decline between 2009 and 2011 in the level of attention and concern Generation X adults expressed about climate change,” Miller said. “In 2009, about 22 percent said they followed the issue of climate change very or moderately closely. In 2011, only 16 percent said they did so.”

Miller directs the Longitudinal Study of American Youth at the U-M Institute for Social Research. The study, funded by the National Science Foundation since 1986, now includes responses from approximately 4,000 Gen Xers—those born between 1961 and 1981, and now between 32 and 52 years of age.

Only about 5 percent of those surveyed in 2011 were alarmed about climate change, and another 18 percent said they were concerned about it. But 66 percent said they aren’t sure that global warming is happening, and about 10 percent said they don’t believe global warming is actually happening.

You can read the rest of the article HERE. There maybe hope yet, as Gen-X moves into the political power structure.


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.

3 Responses to Good News: A Generaton of Climate Change Skeptics

  1. Along with this global warming hoax, asteroids hitting the planet and so many other TV shows and movies about the end of humanity, I am surprised the younger generations haven’t taken cyanide enmasse. I am ashamed of the liberals trying to steal the optimism of youth but now I have a lot more to be happy about since it appears the youth are not absorbing the doom and gloom as I thought they were. Yay!

  2. Sean says:

    Gen X’ers aren’t that young. It covers people born from the early 60’s to the late 70’s so these folks are mid 30’s to 50. They grew up with environmentalists saying they had to save the rain forests and 20 years later the same clowns were earning carbon credits growing sugar cane for ethanol in the Amazon and cutting down Indonesian rain forests for palm oil plantation.

  3. Arthur M. Day. says:

    I think that, given their education, Gen Xers are disengaged, dismissive and doubtful about almost everything except their personal enthusiasms. Their approach to life will be a mixed blessing as they take hold of the levers of power.

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