1 out of 5 Americans Win the Day


No Friday trifecta would be complete without at least throwing one bone to the deniers to chew on.

“Nearly 4 out of 5 Americans now think temperatures are rising and that global warming will be a serious problem for the United States if nothing is done about it, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds.

Belief and worry about climate change are inching up among Americans in general, but concern is growing faster among people who don’t often trust scientists on the environment. In follow-up interviews, some of those doubters said they believe their own eyes as they’ve watched thermometers rise, New York City subway tunnels flood, polar ice melt and Midwestern farm fields dry up.”

Does anybody really believe anything will get done?

  1. No – I don’t think that we can count on politicians to do anything about climate change. I like Bill McKibben’s approach for his “Do the Math Tour” – hit the fossil fuel companies where it hurts by divesting from them.

  2. Daniel Geary

    Missoula City-County Health Dept. air expert Ben Schmidt (M.S. Mathematics) has for years only reported parts per billion particulate numbers when speaking of air quality in Missoula. (One wonders if he acknowledges any other component of air quality?) Mr. Schmidt is the Health Dept. liason to Missoula Greenhouse Gases Committee. No one from the Parks Dept.–the urban forester, for example–sits on the aforementioned committee. Meanwhile, intentionally misinterpreting the Master Plan for Open Space, Conservation Lands Manager Morgan Vallient, admittedly seeks to eradicate the Norway maple trees—the major converters of CO2 to oxygen in our congested little valley. There is, practically speaking, no budget for replanting trees of any size or growth habit which could restore our vanishing green canopy. In a city triangulated by major hiways, this is a recipe for a reversal of healthy carbon sink status. But we will never know–because Mr. Schmidt won’t report CO2 accumulations. So, will anything change for the better with the rising acknowledgement of climate change? Sure as hell not in John Engen’s Missoula.

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