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The Insiders: Voters are cool and the planet is too

Two things are happening that undermine President Obama and the Democrats’ attempts to control our lives via climate change policy. First, according to a Pew Research Center for the People & the Press poll, fewer and fewer Americans say global warming is a serious problem. Only 33 percent of Americans now say global warming is a serious problem, compared to 39 percent six months ago.

And second, the globe is not getting warmer — or at least, it hasn’t in the last 15 years. As the March 30 print edition of The Economist reported, “Over the past 15 years air temperatures at the Earth’s surface have been flat while greenhouse-gas emissions have continued to soar.”

In other words, just as voters are cooling to global climate alarmists, the planet has stopped warming. What could be worse for Obama and the Democrats’ anti-growth agenda? I’m not a warming denier, but I am against the United States taking gratuitous unilateral action and enacting harmful economic policies that would do nothing but punish Americans while India and China thrive on cheap energy. It will be fun to watch the Democrats who rail against anti-science Republicans deal with science that isn’t to their liking.

Politically, the bottom line is that global warming is fading as an issue. Given the bad economy and the undeniable temperature stasis, it will be interesting to see if the Democrats who must face voters in 19 months will continue to stay silent as Obama pursues higher energy prices and bogus government spending on useless “green energy” boondoggles.