Gallup: Senate may be #Up4Climate, but …

posted at 2:41 pm on March 12, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Senate Democrats held an overnight session on Monday to highlight the need for action on global warming, while simultaneously offering no action items whatsoever. This impressed almost no one, including Dana Milbank, who called the effort “hot air.” Heck, that at least deserves a mention here:

But burning the midnight oil in this manner is peculiar. Usually, when a lawmaker talks all night, he’s trying to stop the majority from passing something. But these guys are trying to persuade the majority — themselves — to pass something.

Joining the late-night guerilla action was Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who as the Senate majority leader is usually a target of filibusters, not a sponsor. If he and his colleagues really want action, they don’t have to lose sleep. All they have to do is bring a climate-change bill to the floor. …

[T]hey figured their antics in the wee hours would display their dedication for all Americans to see — or at least insomniacs who watch C-SPAN2. It also might impress Democratic donors. As The Post’s Ed O’Keefe reported, Democratic senators discussed plans for the filibuster last month at a fundraiser held by liberal billionaire Thomas Steyer.

Basically, it was a fund-raising event, aimed at one particular donor. And that’s probably just as well, because as Gallup has repeatedly found, global warming sits at the bottom of voter priorities, even when voters are given the opportunity to choose more than one priority for Congress to address. Today’s poll demonstrates just how out-of-touch #Up4Climate was:

Twenty-eight U.S. senators held an all-night “talkathon” Monday to call attention to climate change, an issue that only 24% of Americans say they worry about a great deal. This puts climate change, along with the quality of the environment, near the bottom of a list of 15 issues Americans rated in Gallup’s March 6-9 survey. The economy, federal spending, and healthcare dominate Americans’ worries.

This was the first year Gallup included “climate change” in the list of worries tested in the annual March Environment survey. Americans are less worried only about race relations than they are about climate change. The majority of Americans say they worry about these two issues “only a little” or “not at all”; more than half of Americans worry about the other 13 issues at least “a fair amount.”

But environmental issues have momentum now, right? Right? Er …

Thirty-one percent of Americans indicate that they worry “a great deal” about the quality of the environment this year, marking the lowest level of worry about the environment more broadly since Gallup began measuring this in 2001. Americans were most concerned about the environment in 2007, when 43% worried a great deal.

Gallup charts the trend on the broader environmental question:

gallup-enviro

Note that the pattern roughly fits with the perception of economic growth and opportunity. It’s not an exact correlation, but the 40+ levels only came when the economy was robust (and especially when it was perceived as such). Otherwise, the level of “great” worry over environmental issues is in a narrow minority.

The real priorities of Americans at the moment are the economy (59%), federal spending and deficits (58%), and health care (57%) — an issue that cuts against Democrats this year. Unemployment comes in a surprising fourth, at 47%, but it’s still nearly twice as high as climate change (24%).

When Gallup breaks priorities down by party affiliation, the #Up4Climate stunt looks even more ridiculous. Even among Democrats, climate change only gets 36% mention in a non-exclusive list of concerns — ranking far below the economy (54%), health care (57%), hunger and homelessness (53%), and unemployment (52%). Only illegal immigration (26%), the size and power of the federal government (29%), and race relations (23%) ranked below climate change among Democrats, although potential for terrorist attacks was in a virtual tie with climate change at 35%.

Senate Democrats only managed to highlight their own impotence with their overnight stunt, and their own out-of-touch status with the electorate. Small wonder only 28 of their caucus chose to self-identify as clueless on Monday night.

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Dana Milbank, who called the effort “hot air.”

When we know it is Hot Gas.

John the Libertarian on March 12, 2014 at 2:44 PM

The economy is in shambles, but OH LOOK POLAR BEARS ARE DYING LOOK LOOK LOOK!!!!ONE111

Othniel on March 12, 2014 at 2:45 PM

As I said in the headline thread, they will keep shoving it down our throats like ESPN does soccer to MAKE us care!

ConstantineXI on March 12, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Heh

ladyingray on March 12, 2014 at 2:46 PM

If y’all don’t correct your site problems, your traffic is going to drop to ZERO!!!!

ladyingray on March 12, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Senate Democrats only managed to highlight their own impotence with their overnight stunt, and their own out-of-touch status with the electorate. Small wonder only 28 of their caucus chose to self-identify as clueless on Monday night.

The rest of the caucus will use Obamacare to self-identify themselves as clueless. They’ll pick a night in the near future and take turns reading variations of ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ to show up the GOP and Sarah Palin while defending the EpicClusterFark.

Athos on March 12, 2014 at 2:47 PM

The madness of the King of Liars…and his fellow miscreants in the Senate.

22044 on March 12, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Demonrats essentially filibustering themselves….Polar Bear face palm is well deserved. Especially since Energy Committee chair Mary Landrieu bailed for re-election reasons.

Happy Nomad on March 12, 2014 at 2:49 PM

In the echo chamber it was a rousing success!

Lots of high-fives, head-nodding and “nailed it” comments in the Senate fitness club (between tickle fights).

mankai on March 12, 2014 at 2:51 PM

As I said in the headline thread, they will keep shoving it down our throats like ESPN does soccer to MAKE us care!

ConstantineXI on March 12, 2014 at 2:45 PM

See also: WNBA

mankai on March 12, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Who knew the Senate is for rent like the Lincoln bedroom ?

J_Crater on March 12, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Those boaters who were trapped in the expanding arctic ice were unavailable to comment…

FontanaConservative on March 12, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Who knew the Senate is for rent like the Lincoln bedroom ?

J_Crater on March 12, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Well, I for one did. It usually isn’t this blatant but it isn’t like Harry Reid or any of the rest of the critters don’t have a price. Just wait until some billionaire decides that the Senate floor would make a great place for their kid’s birthday party. They would move Daniel Webster’s desk to make way for the bouncey house and face painting.

Happy Nomad on March 12, 2014 at 2:58 PM

The real priorities of Americans at the moment are the economy

Trans-gender, Sierra Club members with incomes over $400,000/yr put the environment at the top of the list at a clip of 99.978%!

Stop cherry-picking the polls, Ed.

mankai on March 12, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Small wonder only 28 of their caucus chose to self-identify as clueless on Monday night.

For example here in Virginia: Tim Kaine, who is not facing reelection this fall, participated. That crapweasel Mark Warner, who is facing reelection, did not. He ran away when asked why.

BacaDog on March 12, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Globull warming – is there anything it can’t do:

How Climate Change Drove the Rise of Genghis Khan
The Mongol warlord built the world’s largest land-based empire. But he couldn’t have done it without a change in climate
http://time.com/18147/climate-change-genghis-khan-mongolia/

DinaRehn on March 12, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Demonrats essentially filibustering themselves….Polar Bear face palm is well deserved. Especially since Energy Committee chair Mary Landrieu bailed for re-election reasons.

Happy Nomad on March 12, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Harry Reid couldn’t get a climate change bill through the Senate even when he had 60 Democrats, and in today’s House any climate change bill is DOA.

Meanwhile, if you believe Arctic researchers, the polar bears aren’t worried–they’re too busy making more polar bears! They also like baby seals…YUMMY!!!

Steve Z on March 12, 2014 at 3:13 PM

The times they are a gettin’ strange.
The truth Libs try to re-arrange.
It’s getting hot?
The facts say not.
Still they blame us for ‘climate change’!

otlset on March 12, 2014 at 3:18 PM

@ConstantineXI

Hey! I like soccer. If Texas has FC Dallas, then soccer is more mainstream in the US than you might think. I like all sports, I’m athletically unbiased!

What else am I supposed to do when the Cowboys keep letting me down?

TexasJack on March 12, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Basically, it was a fund-raising event, aimed at one particular donor. And that’s probably just as well, because as Gallup has repeatedly found, global warming sits at the bottom of voter priorities, even when voters are given the opportunity to choose more than one priority for Congress to address.

Could this be the reason?

US Having Its Coldest Six Month Period Since 1912
http://stevengoddard.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/screenhunter_438-mar-12-05-38.gif?w=640
http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/us-having-its-coldest-six-month-period-since-1912/

DinaRehn on March 12, 2014 at 3:19 PM

If anything contributes to global warming it’s 28 Democrat senators blathering all night long.

Bitter Clinger on March 12, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Demonrats essentially filibustering themselves….Polar Bear face palm is well deserved.

Happy Nomad on March 12, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Even more of a face palm – they’re filibustering themselves on legislation that they aren’t even introducing or planning to introduce this year.

It’s symbolic of the Harry Reid majority rule over the past two Congress.

Athos on March 12, 2014 at 3:22 PM

But without their little clown circus how else would we have known that it’s possible to drive from New Jersey to Hawaii?

Flora Duh on March 12, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Yeah this is sure to attract mid-term voters and distract them away from the disaster that is ObamaCare.

RIGHT!

Pelosi Schmelosi on March 12, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Honestly, is anyone surprised by this? NOT!

D-fusit on March 12, 2014 at 3:36 PM

And by not signing on to the Kyoto Treaty the US has cut its greenhouse gas emissions and met its targets which is more than those who signed on to it can do.

Yet we get COMPLAINTS ABOUT IT!

ajacksonian on March 12, 2014 at 3:39 PM

But without their little clown circus how else would we have known that it’s possible to drive from New Jersey to Hawaii?

Flora Duh on March 12, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Well now with that being said by a Republican it’ll be all over the news and late night television and the jokes will echo for days….

Oh wait… it was said by an august member of the national socialist left?……… Never mind!

DinaRehn on March 12, 2014 at 3:42 PM

And by not signing on to the Kyoto Treaty the US has cut its greenhouse gas emissions and met its targets which is more than those who signed on to it can do.

Yet we get COMPLAINTS ABOUT IT!

ajacksonian on March 12, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Because we aren’t redistributing our wealth to third world nations….

Athos on March 12, 2014 at 3:49 PM

From my comment on the headlines thread:
From my Real Science comment:
In order to get “the little people” worried about global warming climate change the fear mongers needed to make up a bunch of bs “scary scenarios” that were pure bs. Their own words:
“Unless we announce disasters no one will listen.” -Sir John Houghton, the first ipcc chair
“We have to offer up scary scenarios… each of us has to decide the right balance between being effective and being honest.” -Stephen Schneider, lead ipcc author, 1989
“The only way to get our society to truly change is to frighten people with the possibility of a catastrophe.” -Daniel Botkin, ex Chair of Environmental Studies, UCSB
The people won’t listen to them, they admit, unless they are constantly druming up pure scare mongering baloney. Eventually, though, the people start to grow weary of or get wise to this. Or the people have just had enough, realizing that the scary scenarios are little more than fabricated hogwash. Now their most recent and outlandish “scary scenario” is a patently absurd notion that thawing corpses will reinfect the world with small pox.
Right, this small pox thing is the latest scary scenario they’ve “offered up,” and the Dems got their idea on how they want to “truly change” society as they are filibustering on climate change in the senate the other night. The idea of the Dems, taken directly from Obama’s Science Czar John Holdren is to “de-develop the United States… [and] design a stable, low-consumption economy.” Or force us to suffer with $10+ a gallon gas prices as Obama’s ex Energy Secretary Chu said “somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” or Obama himself who said that his plan (that thankfully he has not yet been able to implement) would cause electricity prices to skyrocket. Yeah, skyrocket, Obama’s word. Total craziness. Here we have China and Russia going full speed ahead with developing their countries and energy infrastructures, while are effete pusillanimous leaders seek to unilaterally eunuch-ize our own country. Sad. Horrendous actually.

anotherJoe on March 12, 2014 at 3:54 PM

First, it was global cooling. When that didn’t pan out, it became global warming. When the global temps steadied for the last 15 years, the new mantra morphed into,’Climate Change’. I submit that the only things that need changing are these sycophants’ diapers. What has been coming out of their mouths has become so caustic to their teeth and gums, they have moved their crap to their nether regions and begun to fill their drawers with the same odoriferous blather, but, at least it was with the (usual?) purpose of conning big bucks from big business dolts.

vnvet on March 12, 2014 at 3:55 PM

here’s a novel idea…How bout the house under Boehner counter this idiocy with a coordinated effort with a snappy hashtag like oh….

#up4energy
#up4jobs

With actual seperate bills to:

-Approve LNG Export sites
-Release federal lands energy exploration
-Open off shore investigation
-Approve Keystone XL
-Codify Obamacare delays for Small Business and extending non-compliant insurance into Law

Probably need some more individual pieces of legislation as the house is not particularly conducive to bloviation like the Senate. Present a series of individual clean bills that will create jobs and will create energy. Lay down the gauntlet in a very public way and let President Obama and Democrat party writ large do what they always do….

Nothing

abnormal_1 on March 12, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Who knew the Senate is for rent like the Lincoln bedroom ?
J_Crater on March 12, 2014 at 2:54 PM

I think P. J. O’Rourke nailed it in his 1991 book “Parliament of (Ho’s)”.

Another Drew on March 12, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Senate Democrats held an overnight session…..

Interesting choice of words, made me think of the Frank Zappa album Overnite Sensation.

Because both the album cover, and #Up4Climate are nothing but a lot of jerking off.

UltimateBob on March 12, 2014 at 4:19 PM

The House should bring the Dem’s old Cap & Trade bill up for a new vote so they can get the House Dems on record again.

agmartin on March 12, 2014 at 4:21 PM

What this little late-night gabfest goes to demonstrate is the INCREDIBLE obstructionism of Rethuglikkans, who while in the minority have forced the noble Senate Democratix who care so deeply about our wounded environment to filibuster themselves on legislation they can’t even bring to the floor because racist socon extremist Teabags are OBSTRUCTING them at every turn.

*wipes tear*

Pless1foEngrish on March 12, 2014 at 4:23 PM

They have time to waste talking about Global Warming, but they’re too busy to pass a damn budget?

Snitchmo on March 12, 2014 at 4:46 PM

The only thing Americans care less about is “income inequality”. The dems are forever out of touch.

Ellis on March 12, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Small wonder only 28 of their caucus chose to self-identify as clueless on Monday night.

Yes! But they felt SO GOOD about themselves afterward. They DID something!

GarandFan on March 12, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Hence forth let this babble be known as the Democrats’ “War on Weather”.

ht: ?

the sidewalks are safe on March 12, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Well, there was hope that they might generate enough hot air to divert the latest winter storm heading for the northeast. So much for hope, they that up too.

savage24 on March 12, 2014 at 8:53 PM

The hypothesis that the climate is changing due to excessive greenhouse gas buildup in the beually change no matter what the atmospheric conditions might. Therefore the hypothesis is not falsifiable, which at the same time makes it un-proveable. It may be many things, but it sure isn’t science.

smellthecoffee on March 12, 2014 at 9:05 PM

smellthecoffee on March 12, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Should have read: The hypothesis that the climate is changing due to excessive greenhouse gas buildup in the atmosphere is problematic, because climate will perpetually change no matter what the atmospheric conditions might be. Therefore the hypothesis is not falsifiable, which at the same time makes it un-proveable. It may be many things, but it sure isn’t science.

Erg.

smellthecoffee on March 12, 2014 at 9:10 PM