Wednesday, August 08, 2007


Global Warming Survey

For many years, Red State Rabble has been an avid backpacker. In recent years, I've hiked the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Zion, Bryce Canyon, and the Desolation Wilderness near Lake Tahoe.

In 1970 I first hiked the Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier and did it again a couple of years ago with my hiking companion, sister, and brother-in-law. One of the things that really stuck out to me this time around was how much the Rainier's glaciers had retreated in the years since I'd last been there.

That's why I was interested in a survey of Backpacker magazine subscribers that found 29 percent of its readers said they'd witnessed changes brought about by global warming while hiking in the backcountry.

In an ominous sign of the increasing isolation of global warming deniers, such as those die-hard fundamentalists in the intelligent design movement, only 10 percent of Backpacker readers believe that global warming is a hoax.

Fully 90 percent of those responding to the survey have seen the evidence with their own eyes or believe changes are happening now or will become evident in the future.

Take a look at the magazine where you can see a map of changes to the environment in this country that are happening right now.


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