Friday, May 16, 2014

Which is bigger? 15 or 5?

This is how comedian John Oliver sees opinion polls regarding climate change.
“You don’t need people’s opinion on a fact. You might as well have a poll asking: ‘Which number is bigger, 15 or 5?’ or ‘Do owls exist?’ or ‘Are there hats?’”
The only accurate way to report that 1 in 4 Americans are sceptical of global warming is to say 'a poll finds that 1 in 4 American are wrong about something.'

He makes the good point that the debate shouldn't be about whether it exists, it should be about what we do about it.
"We've been repeatedly asked 'Don't you want to leave a better earth for your grandchildren?' and we've collectively replied 'Ehhh, f*** 'em'".

The clip gets a little silly towards the end, but that probably matches the silliness of have polls about 'belief' in climate change, and the silliness of having one-on-one so-called debates.
[Warning: clip contains some strong language]

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