Clueless in California – Unaware How Much Scientific Stupidity Costs

Russ Steele

The latest Public Policy Institute of California Statewide Survey is out on how the CA citizens feel about the environment, 60% of Californians polled said that the effects of global warming have already begun. Here are some of the details:

 Global Warming:

While global warming and energy policy have not been the focus of debate in the campaigns so far, 30 percent of California likely voters say these issues are very important in determining their choice for president and 42 percent say they are somewhat important. A majority—54 percent—say they trust Obama to handle these issues, while 33 percent trust Romney.

Cap and Trade:

Most Californians (57%) have heard nothing about the state’s cap-and-trade program, which will be rolled out in November with the first state auction of emissions permits (12% have heard a lot, 30% a little). A cornerstone of efforts to implement AB 32, this program will set limits on companies’ greenhouse gas emissions and allow those who emit less to sell permits to those who exceed their limits. After hearing a brief description of the program, a slim majority of adults (53%) say they favor it (36% oppose). Those who say they have heard a lot about cap and trade oppose it (62% vs. 35% in favor). More than half of those who have heard little (53%) or nothing about it (57%) are in favor.

What is the take away from this survey? Most Californians believe global warming is happening now, and something should be done about it now, including policies under AB-32 that would force emissions down. Yet, they are totally unaware that the AB-32’s  cap and trade drive up their energy costs, and eventually the cost of all consumer products in the state.

How much global warming have we had in California, no significant warming over the last 80 years.

This 5×5 degree gridded data is from the Hadley/Climatic Research Unit (CRU) CRUTEM3 database (IPCC uses CRU data), plotted at: []

If there is no global warming, why do we need AB-32, unless the real goal is not climate change but extorting more money from citizens to enable more spending by the liberals in Sacramento.  The Governor is planning on a billion for his budget. Who is responsible? Every citizens who is unwilling to learn the truth, human CO2 emission are not responsible for climate change in California. We do not need AB-32.

Full Survey can be found HERE


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.

2 Responses to Clueless in California – Unaware How Much Scientific Stupidity Costs

  1. gjrebane says:

    NPR (KXJZ) reported this morning that over 70% of Californians believe in AGW and opine that the state is not doing enough to combat the problem.

  2. Sean says:

    Well with carbon auctions starting this November and the amount of free credits gradually reduced through the decade, California will soon find out what stupidity costs. In the mean time, ask the Australians.

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