October 26, 2021

New Survey Results on Global Warming From Hunters and Fishermen

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The National Wildlife Federation just completed a survey that employed hunters and fishermen to respond to their feelings about global warming and the effect it is having on what they do. The results of the survey can be found at Field and Stream. If you would like to participate in a shortened version of the poll, go here.

First off, I am not a big fan of polls. As a matter of fact, I think they are the biggest misleader of information and truth that there is. So, with that in mind, take what I have to say from that perspective and you decide for yourself.

The biggest problem I have with the term “global warming” is that it has been used in such a way that it is viewed as a very negative term and has never been officially defined. In this poll, the lead question posed defines global warming for the purposes of the poll. It is question number one.

1: Global warming is defined as the rise in temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere. Do you agree or disagree that global warming is currently occurring?

That’s quite the definition and herein lies my problem. Being that this is the first question of the survey which sets the tone for all the rest of the survey, the question should have been worded to fully define what the National Wildlife Federation was trying to find out, unless they were deliberately biasing their poll.

Is the rise in the earth’s temperature further defined as this season, this year, this decade, this century, or since the beginning of time? This is a good place to bring up the point that the survey was conducted between the months of March and April, 2006 – near the end of one of the driest and warmest winters in a while. Had this survey been conducted following one of those nearly record cold and snowiest winters of a couple years ago, the results would have been different.

The first question does not allow the responder the opportunity to reflect on the overall observations of winters and then jumps into the second question of wanting to know if the responder has witnessed any of several climate phenomena they define as being the symptons of global warming – earlier spring, earlier bloom times, hotter summers, warmer and shorter winters, drying wetlands, unusual drought, less snow, less ice cover on ponds lakes and rivers.

All of these conditions were in existence all across the northern U.S. at the time the survey was conducted.

We have all witnessed some if not all of the above climate disparities, but is it global warming or simply fluctuations in normal weather cycles? We don’t really know because we haven’t kept weather records long enough to be able to make that judgement. Records date back just over 100 years and man and the earth have been here a long time.

Go ahead and review the results of the survey, but please look at it for what it is and don’t get caught up in the bias of a survey that may or may not be yielding the truth about changes in our climate.

With that said, I want to make it clear that I am not in favor of continued pollution of our air and water because it is unhealthy for us humans and our wildlife. We can clearly see the results of pollution to our air and water. What we can’t clearly see is what kind of long-term affect this is having. We are the caretakers of our planet and that includes our wildlife. We need to be good stewards and do all that is feasible to keep it clean and running well.

What I see as a good thing from this survey is that hunters and fishermen are fully aware of the changes going on around them and this is good. This means they care and with that the pressure will be there to ensure that our natural resources are protected and taken care of.

Tom Remington

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