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Global Warming Acknowledged in Upper Midwest

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Al Gore's involvement in the documentary An Inconvenient Truth has paid great dividends for the former Vice President—garnering near universal acclaim, and a new platform for the man many in Democratic circles hope to run for President in 2008. Gore has not made that announcement yet, but his musings and warnings about global warming do resonate with the general views held by folks in the Upper Midwest on this topic.

When asked whether or not global warming was real or made-up more than three quarters of Minnesotans (76 percent) said 'real'—more than 5 times as many as those that do not believe in the scientific theory (15 percent), according to a February poll conducted by SurveyUSA. Iowans also accept global warming as a reality—71 percent to 19 percent. Wisconsinites were the most skeptical, but still overwhelmingly believe global warming is real: 66 percent to 24 percent.

The extent to which people believe mankind is largely responsible for this warming is unclear from the polling results—as is the extent to which Upper Midwesterners will be willing to make life-style changes in an effort to curb this trend. The danger for Al Gore is that if he does not use his resurgence in popularity and prominence to run for President in 2008, it is likely that his message about global warning will have a much shorter half-life.

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  • I truly thank "President" Al Gore for opening up some very important eyes to global warming. It is not an accident that he came across the effects of global warming, I would say as a good person he listened and felt that the best way to get this very critical message out was in layman terms.

    It opened my eyes...

  • It looks like this is an old post but I still would like to hear more about how to prevent or reverse global warming. We need to find ways to get the message out. We know what the problem is.. so lets find a solution.
    thanks for the information.

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