iPlug wrote:Afraid I agree with Oilpan4's impression that most Americans are unwilling to pay more than next to nothing. Would be a much easier problem to fix if this was mostly about education.
It is not just an Oil-y impression, it is a sloppy summary of the latest polls:
80 - 90% of progressive voters will pay today to curb AG
50% of independents
20% of repukes
Close to no trumpers
It adds up to a minority willing to pay today to curb AGW.
HOWEVER, and this is the point of this thread, outside of trumpers it is very unusual to find a person who is against paying today and recognizes the costs involved in business as usual. Trumpers stand out from the rest as the group with an ideology of irrationality.
It would go like this:
Trumper: I'm going to jump off a cliff because Obama says it is a bad idea and I've been promised money after I jump by Trump.
Bystander: You are going to die
Trumper: Can you prove it ?
Bystander: Not until you jump, but the evidence is overwhelming
Trumper: I am going to jump off a cliff
For the others it goes something like this:
AGW denialist: I'm going *that* way
Bystander: bad idea; you will fall off a cliff.
AGW denialist: If there was a cliff, Fox News would have told me. I'll be fine.