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January 20, 2009

With 46 percent of American voters believing there is a conflict between economic growth and environmental protection environmentalists are facing an uphill battle.  In a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey, released today, a majority say global warming can't be blamed on humans.  Forty-four percent said long-term planetary trends are the cause of global warming, compared to 41 percent who fault it on human activity.

This winter's record low temperatures and snowfall are one more indicator that recent global warming is likely not a result of man-made activities but of the natural ebb and flow of temperatures, says H. Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis.  The rhetoric has been that human activities are causing the earth to warm, ice caps to melt and hurricanes to get more destructive, adds Burnett, but the evidence increasingly shows that is not true.  In fact, over the past decade the global average temperature has fallen to its lowest levels in 30 years:

  • For example, International Falls, Minnesota -- the coldest location in the continental United States -- set a new record in January with a low temperature of minus 40 degrees and snowfall records have recently been set in 63 U.S. locations.
  • After two years of ice-cap melting in the Arctic, an abrupt turnaround occurred in 2008, with ice forming at a record pace.
  • More and more scientists are paying attention to the evidence and rejecting the link between human actions and the recent warming trend.

"The wheels are falling off the global warming bandwagon," says Burnett.  "While climate action boosters continue to call for politicians to ignore reality -- even in the face of mounting contrary evidence against catastrophic warming -- scientists, the public and politicians are wising up."

Source: Caroline Calais, "Majority of American voters, global warming can't be blamed on humans," Dallas Examiner, January 19, 2009; and Editorial, "Record Low Temps Validate Growing Consensus Against Man-Made Global Warming," Right Side News, January 14, 2009.

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