Research reveals “climate-change complacency” across Europe

Posted: September 21, 2020 by oldbrew in climate, research
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It seems most people rightly have little faith or interest in the alarmist output of climate models, and are unimpressed by claims that governments can somehow influence the climate by changing their energy policies.
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Most European citizens do not particularly care about climate change, complains Warwick University.

That’s the striking finding from new research on the views of 70,000 randomly sampled European men and women. Only 5% described themselves as “extremely worried” about climate change.

The climate and the environment ranked only fifth in people’s overall views about priorities. There was also scepticism that co-ordinated action, for example to cut personal energy use, would make much difference.

“It seems there is a chance the current generation will be content to sell their great grandchildren down the river,” said Andrew Oswald, Professor of Economics and Behavioural Science at the University of Warwick, and senior author of the study – Do Europeans Care about Climate Change? An Illustration of the Importance of Data on Human Feelings.

He also pointed out that so-called desirability bias, which is the tendency for interviewees to feel compelled to shade their answers towards ‘politically correct’ ones, might mean the true level of worry about climate change is lower than indicated in the statistical surveys.

The study has implications for economists and policymakers, Oswald explains. “There is little point in designing sophisticated economic policies for combatting climate change until voters feel that climate change is a deeply disturbing problem. Currently, those voters do not feel that.”

Full article here.

Comments
  1. JB says:

    Because folk outside the Uni are in closer contact with reality. They can look at the Greenland ice core chart and see immediately global climate is the most stable now than it had been before the last 10K years, and that it has been steadily improving in stability since.

    Perhaps professor Oswald has been compartmentalized for much too long.

  2. oldbrew says:

    “There is little point in designing sophisticated economic policies for combatting climate change until voters feel that climate change is a deeply disturbing problem. Currently, those voters do not feel that.”

    But ‘net zero’ madness is already upon us. Hardly sophisticated though, being based on the unworkable theory of a minor trace gas dominating the Earth’s climate.

  3. ivan says:

    What did they expect after years of failed predictions, that people would pat them on the back and say keep trying?

    The wackademics need to get out of their ivory towers and live in the real world for a few years and smell the roses before they do more pontificating on the climate. If the government stopped listening to the so called ‘experts’ about climate change the country would be in a much better place.

    It would also be a good idea if more people looked at history and asked why did the windmills stop being useful when steam power was invented and apply that answer to the modern day stupidity of unreliables being useful – sorry I forgot they don’t teach that type of history any more in schools today.

  4. cognog2 says:

    This is interesting. Whether you call it a dam or a scam this build up of opinion due to the repetitive alarmist message will increase as the policy consequences start to bite. At some point something will collapse.

  5. Derek Colman says:

    In my whole circle of family friends and casual acquaintances, I am the only one who actually takes an interest in climate change. The general view is that it’s a load of bollocks designed to give government an excuse to tax us more. When I then explain just how much it is costing them, they shrug their shoulders and say there’s nothing they can do about it because the government is going to tax us whether we like it or not.

  6. Graeme No.3 says:

    I would like to point out that this year is 40 years after the start of “the coming heat” which followed on closely from “the coming ice age”. Perhaps as people get older they get less credulous?

    Although there are notable exceptions e.g. Attenborough and Prince Charles.

  7. Paul Vaughan says:

    “There is little point […] until voters feel that […] is a deeply disturbing problem.”

    All these people want to do is disturb us.

    A news article today claims coronavirus management demands reduced belief in “conspiracy theories”.

    Does it ever occur to these people to SIMPLY RESPECT that others have differing views?

    When they swing the hammer at us AGAIN, WHAT should we do? And why are these people legal? There should be LAWS PROTECTING US from their vicious and increasingly savage abuses.

    Endless psy-ops is torture. The media have turned into a savage torture machine. Vicious economic and psychological torture will not stop a family with $0 from having $0. That family has real and immediate needs. Screaming at them every f***ing day about climate and coronavirus is beyond reprehensibly cruel under present circumstances. With due haste let us firmly and peacefully require the media to HALT their unyielding vicious assaults. The media’s role is not to terrorize the public. I want to know if their terror campaigns have military backing.

  8. tom0mason says:

    “climate-change complacency” ?
    New poll question …
    How complacent are you about climate-change –
    1) Who pays?
    2) Very
    3) Extremely
    4) Climate what?

    🙂

  9. Phoenix44 says:

    Person who believes fervently in something can’t understand why others don’t share their faith. The story in Europe for 2,000 years or so. Yet this “academic” just can’t see it.

  10. wilpretty says:

    The human species can be found at all latitudes of the planet, it is supremely adaptive. It can add or remove clothing and provide itself with heating and cooling as needed.
    Were the current warming trend to be a problem we would find that the countries inhabitants would move further north over their lifetimes. This is not the case, The southern fringe of the country has not become depopulated.

  11. oldbrew says:

    Plenty of retired Canadians spend time in Florida in the winter. Floridians in the other direction – not so much. In Europe, it’s older Brits in Spain and Portugal.

  12. A C Osborn says:

    The UN Global census put Climate change last at 17th and Environment at 15th.

    https://www.sdgactioncampaign.org/2015/08/20/popily-partners-with-unmc-to-allow-ppl-to-visually-explore-understand-my-world-data-in-new-ways/

    You won’t see this on the BBC, even the UN have almost buried it.

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