Zionsville Times Sentinel

January 29, 2014

It’s time to have 'the talk'

Zionsville Times Sentinel

---- — There's never a good time. It's always awkward. Nevertheless, we're going to discuss it right here and now. Yes, right in the midst of one of the coldest winters on record, we are going to talk about global warming.

If you've not checked data in the last few years, you may be surprised what recent polls show how Hoosiers think about the issue. Stanford University has been studying public opinion on climate change over the years and has noted quite a change in people's views; yes, even in conservative Indiana.

The 2013 random survey found that nearly 80 percent of Hoosiers believe global warming has been happening, and most of those (73 percent) believe the government should limit the greenhouse gasses from businesses. If those numbers surprise you, perhaps you've not paid close attention to the dramatic weather changes.

Oh, I've heard the jokes. Funny man Rush Limbaugh proclaimed: "I would love to see Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Hillary sitting outside on the 50-yard line of Green Bay the whole game, and then afterwards do a presentation for us all on global warming. Sit there the whole game outside (in sub-zero weather)." Good for a laugh, but according to climatologists the dramatic weather changes are linked to the rising atmospheric temperature.

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.