Note: The findings below have a margin of error of plus or minus Al Gore, Leo DiCaprio and John Kerry, who were all unavailable to participate in the eco-hypocrisy study because they couldn’t be reached in their private jets:
The study divided 600 adults who reported on their climate-change beliefs into three groups: “skeptical,” “cautiously worried” and “highly concerned.”
Then the researchers — from the University of Michigan and Cornell University — tracked how often they reported doing things like recycling, using public transportation, buying environmentally friendly consumer products, and reusing shopping bags. And they asked about support for government mandates like CO2 emission reduction, gasoline taxes and renewable energy subsidies. The Journal of Environmental Psychology published the findings.
What they found was very illuminating.
The researchers found that the “highly concerned” group was the least likely to take individual action, but they were the most insistent on government action. The “skeptical” group, in contrast, was the most likely to recycle, use public transportation and do other environmentally sound things all on their own. Skeptics were least likely to endorse costly government regulations and mandates.
“Belief in climate change,” the researchers explained, “predicted support for government policies, but did not generally translate to individual-level, self-reported pro-environmental behavior.”
Ya don’t say!
The conclusions from that study come as NO surprise. Take me for example — I think Al Gore and any other number of apocalyptic climate change cultists and eco-doomsday preachers are full of more sh*t than the septic tank outside Ex-Lax’s human testing facility. And because of that, they’d consider me part of the “problem.” But at the same time, my family tries not to leave lights on in rooms that nobody is in; We keep the thermostat fairly low (mostly because I’m usually too hot); We carpool when possible; We try not to waste gas; We pick up trash when we’re out walking; We volunteer to clean up the river walk; And we plant trees because we like trees — not because we’ve fooled ourselves into believing that planting trees is our noble contribution towards helping make John Kerry’s multiple mansions and Richard Branson’s airline fleet carbon-neutral.
Meanwhile, the most vocal and sanctimonious of the “emissions are destroying our planet” bunch are busy flying around the world to climate change conferences, denouncing Exxon from their SUVs and throwing darts at boards with pictures of Scott Pruitt on them and thinking they’re actually doing something.