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  •  That could be sampling bias (0+ / 0-)

    You tend to hear from those with strong opinions.

    I think there are many, many fence sitters, especially on the question of how much climate change matters.

    •  True, it is sampling bias (1+ / 0-)
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      James Wells

      In my case, the issue of global warming doesn't come up except when it's brought up by one particular nay saying individual whose world view is shaped by right wing radio and Faux news. Rather than argue whether it's good or bad that the Arctic Ocean may be ice free in summer in a few more years, my naysayer would question the data source for every detail of that assertion. If I could produce an actual resident of the Arctic who had kept records of ice thickness changes along the coast near his home for the past 75 years, my nay sayer would say to him, "That just shows what you found in your back yard. You might go a mile up the coast and find just the opposite."
          You might as well argue with a fence post.

      •  Fence post problem (0+ / 0-)

        I have similar experiences.

        I think that a huge and mostly unreached population is the set of (millions of) people who think that climate change is far away (there's that 2100 year that sticks around) and also so big that there's nothing that can be done.

        A key communication task to that population is to show that climate change is:

        a) Occurring now, and
        b) Still potentially responsive to changes we do

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