Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Climate Change and Confirmation Bias - Reason Magazine
the Climatic Change study survey of over 400 climate scientists found that 67 percent identified as liberal, 20 percent moderate, and 13 percent conservative.
The Pew Research Center conducted a 2009 survey comparing the political ideologies of scientists and the general public. Only 9 percent of scientists identified as conservative, 35 percent as moderate, and 52 percent as liberal, with 14 percent claiming to be very liberal. In contrast, the general public identifies as 37 percent conservative, 38 percent moderate, and 20 percent liberal, and 5 percent very liberal. Slicing the data another way, the survey finds that 81 percent of scientists lean Democrat whereas 52 percent of the general public does. Another telling division between the beliefs of the general public versus scientists is their responses to this statement: "When something is run by the government, it is usually inefficient and wasteful." Fifty-eight percent of scientists disagreed, whereas 57 percent of the public agreed with it.
Bulb Fight Ain’t Over Yet - By Henry Payne - Planet Gore - National Review Online
Buoyed by the majority vote today (thanks to last fall’s tsunami election, in which voters sent GOPers to Washington to address outrages like the bulb ban), Upton has upped the stakes.

Once an advocate for the ban, Upton has seen the light. And he is determined that the lights stay on. Americans want their bulbs back.
ALP accuses Tony Abbott of sham forum on carbon tax | Herald Sun
“This has all the appearances of a climate sceptic’s closed shop,” Ms Smyth said.
Electric Cars Added to New York Municipal Fleet | JotZoom News
City employees and departments that will be putting the electric vehicles to use include fire, police, sanitation, transportation, parks and recreation and environmental departments.
In addition to cost savings, the electric cars have no emissions and use about 1/4 the amount of carbon dioxide of regular vehicles

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