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Cap-and-Trade: A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing.

October 31, 2009

Much has already been written about the recent Pew Research Center Poll on American attitudes on global warming.  It has been widely reported that there has been a large drop in the number of Americans who believe that humans are largely responsible for global warming. 

Less reported, but more important, are American’s attitudes toward cap-and-trade.   Here are the Pew numbers…

American attitudes toward Cap and Trade, from Pew.

American attitudes toward Cap and Trade, from Pew.

The three columns on the left are for those who are well-informed, know a little bit, and know nothing about tap-and-trade.  The thing that should jump out at you is that the better informed people are, the more likely they are to oppose tap-and-trade.  Conversely, those who know nothing are more likely to support it. 

Remember the old adage “A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing?”  The middle column shows that those who know a little bit about tap-and-trade are the most likely to support it.

2 comments

  1. Several folks who posted on this report a few weeks back took it as a good thing that once people knew a lot about it they were against it by 2-1. My take: How can we possibly win this when more than half the populous DOESN’T KNOW ANYTHING about Thermageddon legislation?


  2. This is not the first time really bad policy has depended on the strength of ignorance.



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