Energy & Environment

Americans still want cheap oil (and they’re not too worried about global warming, either)

Americans still want cheap oil (and they're not too worried about global warming, either)

This has got to drive environmentalists on the left crazy.

A new poll by Pew Research Center finds that a wide majority of Americans support building the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport Canadian oil to refineries in Texas. Sixty-six percent of Americans favor finishing the pipeline, with only 23 percent in opposition. Strong support cuts through every political distinction – other than “liberal” Democrats.

Democrats, who like to count every living  being tangentially connected to a clean-energy project as “green job,” have dismissed the idea that the much-delayed pipeline would be a major job creator. They have other ideas.

Fracking? Nearly half of Americans support the increase use of fracking – an amazing percentage when you consider the huge effort of propaganda and scaremongering on the issue.

Global warming? Sixty-nine percent of Americans say there is solid evidence that the earth’s average temperature has been getting warmer over the past few decades.

Even then … among those who see the irrefutable scientific evidence of global temperatures rising, only 42 percent believe that most of it should be attributed to human activity. In fact, when you break it down, 23 percent of Americans believe that natural patterns in the earth’s environment are heating the earth and another 27 percent don’t believe there is any solid evidence of warming at all.

That means around 50 percent of Americans don’t believe in man-made climate change. That, even after the unrelenting cultural, educational and political bombardment we’ve all had to endure on the topic.

Though 33 percent of Americans believe that global warming is either a “very serious” problem, that number has declined six points since October 2012.

The crusade to convince us that global warming can only be dealt with through destruction of wealth and top-down energy controls began with an effort to “raise awareness,” then it turned into some light Nanny State prodding and then efforts to restrict energy and artificially inflate prices. Long ago, you’ll remember that cap-and-trade legislation was a top priority for Barack Obama. The Administration employed a number of  radicals —  from the  science czar Dr. John Holdren, who once advocated for mass sterilizations and population control, to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who once advocated raising gas prices to match those in Europe — to press the case.

What’s next? Trying to shame you into believing. Those who don’t buy the entire apocalyptic plotline are Deniers, and all the immorality that connotes, or quacks. Take this recent survey from lefty pollsters at Public Policy Polling of 20 “widespread and/or infamous conspiracy theories” (examples: 6 percent of voters believe Osama bin Laden is still alive. 7 percent of voters think the moon landing was faked. 5 percent of voters believe that Paul McCartney actually died in 1966 … and so on).

The poll also finds that “37 percent of voters believe global warming is a hoax, 51 percent do not. Republicans say global warming is a hoax by a 58-25 margin, Democrats disagree 11-77, and Independents are more split at 41-51” as if accepting ridiculous conspiracies, easily disprovable, were the same as being critical of a theory.

Wishful thinking, in this case.

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Follow David Harsanyi on Twitter @davidharsanyi.

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