Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Bogus Anti-Nuclear Poll of the Day

Although we try to avoid the pro/con arguments over nuclear power, we couldn't resist mentioning this little doozy. A group called the Civil Society Institute released a poll showing what they claim is broad opposition to nuclear power.

The funny thing is, even a cursory read of the poll questions shows that they are utterly biased...not even remotely honest. For example:

Over three-fifths of Americans (62 percent) agree with the statement: "The energy and global warming problem is happening now. We need most of the emphasis placed on immediate and near-term solutions that will deliver fast results" such as "solar energy and wind power" and "increased conservation." Less than a third of Americans think most of the emphasis should be on "solutions that will deliver results a decade from now or later" such as "nuclear power and hydrogen fuel cells."

Note how carefully the question is constructed to ensure the answer the poll taker wanted.

They start with an obvious question "We need most of the emphasis placed on immediate and near-term solutions that will deliver fast results". Of course, everybody will agree with that question. Having got that easy agreement, they then sneaked their favored solutions "solar and wind power" onto the list (depite the historic fact that wind and solar power aren't short term solutions, quite the opposite).

That's the equivalent of asking somebody "do you want to vote for a smart, honest, and handsome person -- our candidate -- or do you want to vote for a horrible scumbag -- the opposition?"





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