Talk about an inconvenient truth. In ever-increasing numbers, Americans are becoming skeptical about the scientific argument that there's a man-made global-warming crisis that requires immediate and drastic government action. The media's enablers of the radical environmental left have a response: Maybe America just isn't smart or curious enough to save the planet. In fact, they say our growing denial is making us nationally irrational.
On Monday, National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" ran a story by science correspondent Richard Harris. He worried aloud about a new Harris Poll showing that 51 percent of the American public believes that the carbon dioxide building up in the atmosphere could warm up our planet. That's down from 71 percent just two years ago. That's a free-fall.
Harris found an expert from Yale to explain this decline is based on our poor economy. People are too worried about their jobs to care about the fate of the entire globe. In a poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, that's why climate came in dead last of 20 issues of concern.
But that's a dodge. It doesn't explain why a number of recent polls show that people are less and less likely to accept the "science" of global warming. Another possibility was lurking out there.
NPR brought on sociologist Kari Marie Norgaard of Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., to explain why, as scientists grow ever more confident of global warming, public opinion is moving the other way. "This seems irrational," she said. "And in that sense, it's challenging the basic premise that we have of an enlightened, democratic, modern society."
Harris said Norgaard studied the shift in public opinion and found that people are not too bright and easily overwhelmed: "As people start to feel overwhelmed by the scope of the problem, they simply turn away from the topic. It's denial, plain and simple," Harris suggested. Norgaard added: "We just don't want to know about it, and so we are actively distancing ourselves from it or trying to protect ourselves from it."
Her scientific theory: Anyone immersed in global warming theory embraces it. To know it is to love it. Anyone opposed to that theory has his nose in a corner with his fingers in his ears, trying not to hear a discouraging word.