The Institute of Mechanical Engineers in the UK (IMechEng) has a new “climate” survey out. It’s good fodder for headlines about fear and worry. But after priming the audience with a litany of climate disasters and asking them if they are worried about “cyclones”, “droughts” and “the future of the human race”, the awful truth is that half of the Brits don’t want to pay anything to stop it.
It’s another motherhood-two-cent-survey, meaning it asks motherhood type questions and gets everyone’s “2 cents” on an issue (and it’s worth both cents). We get insights like finding that 64% think global warming is “already a problem”, but it can’t be that big a deal because 52% of people don’t think they personally should pay more in tax in an effort to do something about it.
No hard questions are asked, no one is forced to rank the worries of life, only the worries of the climate industry. Evidently the surveyors don’t really want to know if people think “climate change” is man-made. Nor do they want to know how much people want to spend attempting to change the weather. Money is only a Yes No type question.
As usual, there are no specific questions about man-made global warming. All warming and any climate change is understood to be man-made.
Question Five loads the disasters right on: “Q5. What issues regarding global warming are you concerned about” and gives them the options of Flooding/sea level rises, Extreme weather, cyclones and hurricanes, Droughts/water shortages, Pollution of air, sea and land, Land lost to sea and becoming deserts.” That’s plenty of disaster to mull over.
They aren’t offered the options of worrying about “national debt”, “higher electricity bills” or the “demise of modern science”.
Question six plays all the assumption-cards: climate change man-made, it should be stopped — and there are “effective” ways to stop it (my bolding):
Q6. Which of the following do you think is the most effective method for combating man-made climate change?
The full survey results: Climate Change survey.
The lack of enthusiasm for spending money fits with other global studies showing 60% of people don’t want their own money spent on “the environment”.
No one is going to find out what the voters want or the number of real skeptics in a survey like this.