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Yutian, CHINA: Cyclists pass through thick pollution from a factory in Yutian, 100km east of Beijing in China’s northwest Hebei province, 18 July 2006. China’s economy expanded at its fastest pace in a decade with growth of 11.3 percent in the second quarter, official data showed, exceeding expectations and possibly signaling the need for new cooling measures. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

I’m in New Bedford to give a talk on the connections and problems between the labor and environmental movements. Happy times on this Earth Day! Climate change is coming and we are going to do absolutely nothing about it. A huge reason? Most Americans, especially older Americans, simply don’t see it as an important issue.

Do you think that global warming will pose a serious threat to you or your way of life in your lifetime?
Yes 45%
No 55%
(Gallup Poll, 3/1-10/19)
trend: https://t.co/CuNMYc00Hw— PollingReport.com (@pollreport) April 21, 2019

The full polling data is here. If you squint, you can see slow improvements over time–fewer people think the threat is exaggerated than ten years ago, for example. And the numbers who think it will matter in our lifetime are a good bit higher in that time frame. But it’s not nearly enough to get up the political will to do anything about it.

Too bad I have this talk to give and then have to teach tomorrow, because this makes me want to drink.

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