A recent Gallup poll that measured Americans’ opinions on climate change was summed up thusly by The Week:
Obama’s climate change challenge: Americans just don’t care.
…which led Mark Steyn to remark:
According to this guy’s Gallup poll, the number of Americans who do “care” is as flat as Mann’s hockey-stick handle. And I would wager significant numbers of them are sentimentalists, who support “climate action” in the sense that it’s something to do with Jessica Alba saving the polar bear. Once it’s about them paying higher energy bills to heat a smaller home and drive a lousier car, even that sentimentalized solidarity will head south. As it is, like the dead-cat bounce of the IPCC report, this is another dud.
That would be eminently unsurprising. Modern liberalism, at its core, is an ideology of talking, not doing: that is why it finds such purchase in universities and colleges and public school systems. That is why events like, say, Occupy Wall Street are such a big draw to progressives of all stripes: they promise lots of talk and little to no action, though I suppose, to a liberal, the definition of action is flexible:
What: Thousands across the country are stepping up to help create a better future and defend our communities against pipelines, dirty oil projects and runaway climate change. Almost 100 events are taking place from coast to coast as part of the Defend our Climate, Defend Our Communities – National Day of Action…
Who: Diverse grassroots groups are organizing and participating in events such as walks, rallies and concerts and calling on government to reduce climate pollution, transition off fossil fuels and commit to a clean energy future.
“Walks, rallies and concerts;” a “National Day of Action:” these techniques are not the sole province of progressives—indeed, conservatives can be remarkably effective at getting their message out in such fashions—but they are, at the end of the day, the only type of “action” the Left really believes is necessary: “calling on government.” That’s it; that is essentially their whole ball game. And when the bill finally comes due—when the interminable “days of action” finally pay off—the Left has no desire to labor under its own ridiculous ambitions:
Pam Kehaly, president of Anthem Blue Cross in California, said she received a recent letter from a young woman complaining about a 50% rate hike related to the healthcare law.
“She said, ‘I was all for Obamacare until I found out I was paying for it,'” Kehaly said.
Of course you were, and of course you now are. Progressivism, or at least its braindead American strain, has no desire to live up to its own inane demands. Progressive policies are meant for other people, not them. This is why we have a president who complains about income inequality yet who spends forty million dollars on vacations during his tenure. And it’s why global warmists and climate change fanatics from sea to acidified sea would be utterly hostile towards any of their pet environmental policies if they were actually enacted. Higher prices and a lower standard of living are not for their kind; they’re all for climate change action now, but when they have to pay for it, you won’t see many of them “stepping up.”