The Republican Noise Machine is succeeding in brainwashing the US public to believe that growth is more important the environment.  From

“With which one of these statements about the environment and the economy do you most agree? Protection of the environment should be given priority, even at the risk of curbing economic growth. OR, Economic growth should be given priority, even if the environment suffers to some extent.” Options rotated.

       Environ-   Economic    Equal     No
         ment      Growth   Priority  Opinion

3/04      49         44         4        3    

3/03      47         42         7        4    

3/02      54         36         5        5    

3/01      57         33         6        4    

4/00      67         28         2        3    

Look at the trend over the last 5 years.  Very sad.  Very sad indeed.  Back in Gore’s day the preference was more than 2-to-1 Environment-to-Growth.  Now it’s 1-to-1.

[My first diary at BooMan!]

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