What Do You Think?

December 10, 2009

Editor's note: The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on Readers also may submit comments when voting. A sampling of edited reader comments will run on The Herald-Mail's Opinion page on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

The question posted Monday was: Do you believe there is a human component to global warming?

Poll results:

Yes -- 486 votes (46 percent)

No -- 224 votes (21 percent)

I don't know -- 75 votes (7 percent)

I don't believe in global warming -- 280 votes (26 percent)

o "Even if we only think global destruction is 'possible' as opposed to 'likely,' if we don't stop over-carbonating the atmosphere, shouldn't we consider cutting back?"


o "The likely effects of global warming make our economic situation and our two wars pale in comparison. The nonbelievers may not live to see the full extent of what we are doing to the planet, but our children and grandchildren will live upon a much less hospitable planet. While we quibble away over 'world government,' catastrophic things are taking place in our environment."

o "Even though I voted yes, I believe most of this so-called 'global warming' is the result of natural changes."

o "If global warming is happening and has happened many times in the past, what caused it in the past when man was still living in caves? Can we control the weather? Can we control volcanoes, which spew more carbon emissions than any collection of humans? No. What are they going to do with the new tax they will collect from all of us? ... This is going to hurt our economy even more because we do not need any more new taxes."

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