Declaring yourself an “environmentalist” used to be a thing – in 1991. In that year, according to a Gallup Poll, 78 percent of Americans identified as environmentalists.
Today, according to a new survey by Gallup, just 42 percent of Americans identify as environmentalists.
That’s a drop of 36 percent — not good for the “green” movement. But, the breakdown by party affiliation gives a pretty god indication what happened.
In 1991, that 78 percent figure applied to both Republicans and Democrats who self-identified as environmentalists. Today, only 27 percent of Republicans and 56 percent of Democrats consider themselves environmentalists.
So, what happened? Why, especially given the constant public bombardment over the public airwaves of the “green” agenda, do less than half of Americans (and a little over half of even Democrats) consider themselves “environmentalists”?
Well, the extremism by the self-proclaimed leaders in the environmentalist movement has a lot to do with it. Indeed, the extreme “green” policies constantly pushed on the public may very well have created a negative connotation to what it means to be an “environmentalist.”
As a public affairs writer puts it, “one can’t ignore that there has been a major evolution where environmentalism has become ideological rather than rational.” As a result, the public perceives the environmental movement as “just another special interest.” Via Delve:
“A number of organizations leading the charge on environmental issues have transformed into partisan political machines as opposed to being issue-based, results-oriented advocates. These groups seem to take greater pleasure — and raise more money — out of simply attacking their opponents instead of seeking actual solutions.”
The shift in public opinion is not because Americans are no longer concerned with taking care of the environment. It seems it’s because the environmental movement is no longer concerned with practical solutions. Instead, the environmental machine is pushing an extreme partisan agenda based on ideology – and fundraising potential – rather than science.
Environmentalists’ objective is no longer to promote responsible stewardship of the environment. Rather, it is “simply serving as political vehicles to admonish those they perceive to be their enemies.”
The recent attack by environmental leaders on Microsoft founder Bill Gates serves as a prime example of their extreme partisan nature. As Shift reported, Gates announced his opposition to the carbon tax. However, he also presented a reasonable solution to solve our energy challenges: promote innovation.
Gates even brought together a group of more than 20 billionaires who pledged to invest at least $2 billion in breakthroughs.
But, that didn’t sit well with key environmentalists like those at ThinkProgress. It doesn’t matter that Gates wants to encourage innovation to solve environmental problems. Because he does not agree with them on the carbon tax (a key aspect of their far-Left ideological agenda), environmentalists launched a rather vicious attack on Gates.
It has become increasingly apparent that the extreme “green” agenda is a series of self-interested, highly partisan policies that threatens the future of working families. The majority of Americans sense that, and want nothing to do with it.
Incidentally, state media outlets conveniently ignored the results of the Gallup poll. A quick search reveals that media outlets did not report the large drop in the poll. Of course, the truth doesn’t always fit the narrative of liberals.