May 22nd, 2009

At work, Self portrait

Fun with democracy

Toward the end of 2008, the number of Americans who believe climate change is due to long-term planetary trends rose to cross above the number who think climate change is caused by human activities. The believers in man-made global change have become fewer over the last couple years, although lately the trend has become unstable.

Source: Graph based on Rasmussen Reports, as printed in The Economist here.

The article is otherwise about how the government just decided to give away enormous carbon permits to the main polluters, rather than auctioning them off and giving the proceeds back to the populace as hinted by Barack Obama in the recent past.