A Surprising Number Of Americans Believe In Conspiracy Theories – And Many Of Them Are Actually True

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestShare on Google+Share on LinkedInShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someone

A Surprising Number Of Americans Believe In Conspiracy Theories - And Many Of Them Are Actually True - Photo by Philip JacksonHave you ever noticed that whenever the government or the mainstream media wants to demonize a particular point of view they call it a “conspiracy theory”?  The unspoken message is that normal people such as us should never dare to question the official propaganda being put out by “official sources”.  But what if those “official sources” are wrong?  What if those “official sources” have a specific agenda that they are trying to promote?  Has it become a crime to ask questions?  Has it become a crime to think for ourselves?  The other day, Public Policy Polling did an opinion poll about “conspiracy theories”.  Just by reading the questions they asked, it is obvious that the goal was to make those that believe in those theories to look foolish.  When they released the results of the poll, they stated that some of the “conspiracy theories” could only be found in “the darker corners of the internet” – as if there was something unsavory or evil about them.  But is it really “crazy” to believe that sometimes bad people do bad things?  A conspiracy is just “a secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful”.  So do conspiracies ever happen?  Of course they happen.  They have happened for as long as humanity has existed.  But in this day and age, we are just supposed to assume that all of our politicians and all of the big corporations that dominate our society are just sweet and wonderful and would never want to do us any harm whatsoever.


Let’s take a look at some of the results of the Public Policy Polling survey about conspiracy theories.  Excerpts from the results are in bold, and my comments follow thereafter…

“37% of voters believe global warming is a hoax, 51% do not. Republicans say global warming is a hoax by a 58-25 margin, Democrats disagree 11-77, and Independents are more split at  41-51. 61% of Romney voters believe global warming is a hoax”

The planet has been warming up and cooling down for thousands of years, and most “climate change” can be directly attributed to the gigantic ball of fire that our planet is revolving around.  Even if “greenhouse gases” did play a significant role in “climate change”, the truth is that carbon emissions make up less than 5 percent of all greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and human activity accounts for less than 5 percent of all carbon emissions.  So to suggest that “global warming” could ever be significantly influenced by reducing carbon emissions is absolutely laughable.

“6% of voters believe Osama bin Laden is still alive”

They rapidly dumped his “dead body” into the ocean and the American public has still never seen any of the pictures that supposedly show that Osama bin Laden is dead.  Are we just supposed to trust our politicians when they tell us that the U.S. military killed him?  After all, our politicians lie for a living.  Plus, the truth is that there is a tremendous amount of evidence that bin Laden died many years before the now famous Seal team raid on a compound in Pakistan.

“28% of voters believe secretive power elite with a globalist agenda is conspiring to eventually rule the world through an authoritarian world government, or New World Order.  A plurality of Romney voters (38%) believe in the New World Order compared to 35% who don’t”

Whether you want to call them “the New World Order” or “the Illuminati” or “the global elite”, the truth is that nobody should be able to deny that there are ultra-wealthy individuals that are seeking to dominate the planet.  If you doubt this, please see the following article: “Who Runs The World? Solid Proof That A Core Group Of Wealthy Elitists Is Pulling The Strings“.

“20% of voters believe there is a link between childhood vaccines and autism, 51% do not”

At one time I didn’t believe that there was a link either.  But then I started looking into the evidence for myself. Why do they make us feel like criminals for asking questions about this? Is it because it threatens billions of dollars in pharmaceutical company profits? I put a lot of what I learned on this issue into this article: “Vaccines And Autism: The Secret That You Are Not Supposed To Know“.

“9% of voters think the government adds fluoride to our water supply for sinister reasons (not just dental health)”

Whatever the intention, the truth is that there is a tremendous amount of evidence that drinking fluoride is very harmful to humans.  A number of studies have shown that it actually causes brain damage, and it has been shown to accelerate the growth of cancer.  A blog post by Mary Bloomer summarized some of the other reasons why we should avoid Fluoride…

  • 41% of kids today have fluoridosis
  • The ADA and the CDC both advise that parents not use fluoridated water to make infant formula
  • Fluoride is used as an insecticide and a rat poison There’s plenty of fluoride in the food we eat!
  • A toddler gets as much fluoride in their system as a 250 lb. man
  • Toothpastes have warnings “keep away from children under 6 yrs. – if you swallow more than is allowed for brushing, contact a poison control center immediately”  (Ever watch a little kid brush their teeth?)
  • Sodium Fluorine (fluoride) is one of the basic ingredients in PROZAC® and Sarin nerve gas (yes, you read that right!)
  • Hitler added fluoride to the water of concentration camps to induce compliance in prisoners.
  • Fluoride increases your absorption of aluminum (a neurotoxin.)  Large amounts of aluminum are found in the brains of Alzheimer patients.

“51% of voters say a larger conspiracy was at work in the JFK assassination, just 25% say Oswald acted alone”

Does anyone actually still believe that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone?  Even though a majority of the American people now believe that there was a larger conspiracy at work in that assassination, the government and the media are still sticking to their story.

“5% believe exhaust seen in the sky behind airplanes is actually chemicals sprayed by the government for sinister reasons”

Do you see how they worded that question?  The exhaust trails that normal aircraft leave behind are called “contrails“, and they usually disappear within moments.  “Chemtrails” are something else entirely.  Once they are sprayed in the air, they can often remain up there for hours.  But apparently we aren’t supposed to notice the huge white lines that crisscross the sky right above our heads.  The only real debate about chemtrails should be about what their purpose is.  Are they being used for weather modification projects or is something more sinister happening?

“15% of voters think the medical industry and the pharmaceutical industry ‘invent’ new diseases to make money”

The pharmaceutical industry may not be inventing diseases just to make money, but they sure do love to invent new reasons to get people hooked on their legal drugs.  The sad truth is that the American people are the most doped up people on the face of the planet.  The following are some facts about pharmaceutical drugs from my recent article entitled “50 Signs That The U.S. Health Care System Is A Gigantic Money Making Scam“…

-During 2013, Americans will spend more than 280 billion dollars on prescription drugs.

Prescription drugs cost about 50% more in the United States than they do in other countries.

In the United States today, prescription painkillers kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined.

Nearly half of all Americans now use prescription drugs on a regular basis according to the CDC.  Not only that, the CDC also says that approximately one-third of all Americans use two or more pharmaceutical drugs on a regular basis, and more than ten percent of all Americans use five or more pharmaceutical drugs on a regular basis.

The percentage of women taking antidepressants in America is higher than in any other country in the world.

In 2010, the average teen in the U.S. was taking 1.2 central nervous system drugs.  Those are the kinds of drugs which treat conditions such as ADHD and depression.

Children in the United States are three times more likely to be prescribed antidepressants as children in Europe are.

There were more than two dozen pharmaceutical companies that made over a billion dollars in profits during 2008.

According to the CDC, approximately three quarters of a million people a year are rushed to emergency rooms in the United States because of adverse reactions to pharmaceutical drugs.

As you can see, there are usually at least two sides to every story.

So the next time someone tries to dismiss a particular viewpoint by dismissing it as a “conspiracy theory” just because it does not conform to the official propaganda being put out by the U.S. government and the mainstream media, perhaps you should say something.

We are living at a time when it is more important than ever to think for ourselves.  Our world is becoming increasingly unstable, and there are lots of people out there that want to tell us what we should believe.

Do not allow the government and the media to do your thinking for you.  That is the lazy way out, and it will only end in a whole lot of pain.

Question everything.

Do your own research and come to your own conclusions.

The truth is out there, but you are going to have to unplug from “the matrix” in order to find it.

Illuminati - Photo by Peter Taylor

  • Graham

    I’ve always said, forget the theory and focus on the conspiracy. Being a “conspiracy theorist nutjob whacko”, I thought I better check in. It’s hard to be any other way after 30 years + of pretty intensive research into every conceivable subject you can imagine.

    However, something clearly happens when intelligence sources (or those affiliated with them) get actively involved in discrediting sensitive information. That is when “movements” tend to get purposely derailed and the essence of their data gets plastered over with outrageous theories. This is to turn people off and it works extremely well.

    When a major incident occurs, the first four hours of media reports are crucial to study. Thereafter, a unified story usually emerges with many previously known facts and footage “missing”. This unified story is repeated so many times people believe it to be the truth. Few then question the glaring omissions and contradictions.

    Great post and I’m curious to see how your readers respond to the facts you have highlighted. Over the years, I have obtained astounding scientific reports (PDF’s) on all of the topics mentioned… and then some.

    As you know, I also research “very sensitive” topics :)

    • RattlerRider

      I agree, having spent 30+ years digging into this arena I quit calling it a conspiracy. It’s a comprehension of reality issue.

      • FPA von Dreger

        Right on, mate !

  • jsmith

    Yeah, why not show the Bin Laden body? They showed us Sadam Hussein and Khadafi. They even showed us Kennedy. So why no pictures? Show me the pix and then I’ll believe.

    • He died of his illness in dec 01..if you search there is still a fox news piece buried out there. But a dead terrorist months after 911…wouldnt pose well for continued war…so…his ddeath was buried with him

    • RattlerRider

      Put a beard, towel, on your presidents head. You’re looking at him then.

      • ShootyMcBang

        Uncanny, isn’t it?

        • RattlerRider

          Who knows. One thing is for certain, I wouldn’t put it past our “friends” to do it.

      • Farooq


  • Hammerstrike

    I don´t know if Osama is still alive but Obama and his cronies definitively lied about the whole affair.

  • Tim

    “The only real debate about chemtrails should be about what their purpose is.”

    Absolutely! I have been observing chemtrail activity for many years now, and I’ve noticed a pattern. The planes always spray before a weather system that brings rain moves in. Always. I live in South Carolina, and we rarely have a stretch of beautiful weather here. This past Monday was BEAUTIFUL. It was warm with a clear, blue sky and no chemtrails. But yesterday the planes were spraying, though not as heavily as they usually do. This morning the sky is covered with chemtrails, so they must have been spraying during the night. And there is rain in the forecast for tomorrow.

    • Same thing happened here in Florida a few days ago…

    • ShootyMcBang

      We’ve been getting hammered night and day here in central California. The only rain it seems that we’ve had in the last two years has been after bouts of heavy chemtrailing. The clouds look like diesel exhaust and the cold is an unnatural cold, almost like a dry ice type of cold.

      • Doesn’t that make you stop and think WHY DID THEY LET THE DROUGHT HAPPEN??? Because they WANTED it to happen and they are pushing the economy into a HUGE COLLAPSE!!! This is what they WANT!! A One World Government, controlled by the RICHEST and MOST POWERFULL Families in the WORLD!!

        • ShootyMcBang

          Yes ma’am. You won’t get an argument out of me on that for sure. I’ll even venture to say that that they are fumigating humanity so as to feed the “medical industrial complex” as they slowly wipe us out.

  • How about the theory that all our political leaders (at least the president/p.m./dictator/etc) are from a handful of families?

    • liberranter

      I think that, upon careful examination, that “theory” will move very easily into the “fact” column.

  • A lot of things make sense once you have the “facts” that are available.
    Even if you know for sure that the government has lied, what is the penalty to the government? The government still goes on lying.
    One very smart lawyer ran for office as a Republican. He did this in California. His opposite number was very popular. The man challenged him to a debate. That very smart lawyer cleaned his clock for him because everything he said the man stood for, he proved he voted differently.

    They made the man vice president. His name was Nixon. He was Vice President for two terms. But all of Washington gets corrupted eventually.
    I would love to see a whole lot of lawyers attacking the people in power with their voting records. Not likely to happen with a lot of the media owned by a very small group of people.
    The word was that Reagan chose Bush because the alternative was to have a media blitz against his being President. So if that is true, then who is behind it?
    We have a lot of lies out there along with truth. The trick is to figure out when they are lying.

    • ort

      When their lips are moving, they are lying.

    • liberranter

      I would love to see a whole lot of lawyers attacking the people in power
      with their voting records. Not likely to happen with a lot of the media
      owned by a very small group of people.

      Also not very likely to happen because most lawyers –or at least those who dirty their hands in the political realm– are power-hungry criminals themselves.

  • ShootyMcBang

    Government, by its very definition, is a conspiracy.

    • liberranter

      A “quotable quote” for the ages, Shooty. Thanks!

    • Pangeran Poespoyudho

      Search the myth of government…

      tjoaginsing (Googleable)

  • ChristineHoeflich

    Great article! I agree that we should quit calling it conspiracy. It’s really an issue of reality.

    • Graham

      I would say that a number of conspiracies “are” based on reality. It’s the “theories” that can end up a way off the mark due to “shill” intervention and the promotion of nonsensical “facts”. Get to know the pattern.

      Also, follow the path of data from folk who release something then end up in a plane/car/health (etc) accident that has no rational explanation. Leading to their death of course.

      That might be the closest you get to a truth… in the outside world. In saying that, there are still very good people who work in intelligence.

      The content of the movie “Fair Game” is a very good example, showing live real life footage from the court hearing at the end. Highly recommend it!

  • Graham

    Whistleblowers: The Silenced Heroes


    To this end, we will present in the coming weeks a series of Eyeopener reports to introduce our viewers to the stories of various of these whistleblowers, stories that the vast majority of the public, and even followers of alternative media, know little about. And with these reports as a resource, perhaps finally we will be able to answer the age-old retort of the naysayers, “But someone would have talked,” with a rejoinder of our own: “But they HAVE talked. Now why haven’t you been listening?”

  • countdowntocollapse.com

    The vaccines are definitely a danger. They are mass-produced and harm many people. Whether they purposely poison people with them or not, it’s a fact that many people have debilitating autoimmune and other illnesses because of them.

  • Truthbug

    There is so much danger in forming strong opinions based on weak evidence. Let us use our energy in digging for strong evidence instead of bluffing others with zingers. Thanks.

  • Is that all you idiots got from reading this article?? Who cares about Bin Laden!! The bottom line is that the people of the United States of America have NO say whatsoever as to who their President will be… We are totally helpless in the hands of the world’s “Elite”.. The richest (wealthiest) families and corporations on the Earth control EVERYTHING that the Government that WE thought WE elected, but did NOT, does. Talk about Conspiracy Theories! Our WHOLE SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT is a HUGE Conspiracy of 10 or 11 Families and Ciorporations who decide who will live and who will die.. Who will be President, down to what the interest rate on your mortgage is and what the Sales Tax is in your State. DON’T YOU GET IT?? WE ARE POWERLESS!! We’re just a bunch of guppies swimming around in a big fish bowl dealing with evrything they send our way.. The Wall Street Crash was engineered by them… THEY tell O’Bama what to do and NOT do.. He is a PUPPET, as is the VP, the House and the Senate.. It’s ALL a big joke being played on the POOREST 90% of the population by the RICHEST 10%.. THE JOKE’S ON US… NOT THEM!! Wake-up! Ya know what? What’s the use in talking? We’ll continue to let them pull the strings because we’re complacent little sheep who have been programmed for the past 75 years to believe what we hear on the news ,WHICH IS OWNED BY THE SAME GROUP, by the way! ALL of the News Channels are!
    Not Newsmax or The Huffington Post… But ALL of the mainstream Big News Stations… ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, HBO, CNN and down the line are all owned by the same people who oiwn all of the most powerful BANKS including THE FEDERAL RESERVE. It AIN’T Federal, people!!

    • ShootyMcBang

      With all due respect, you are pretty much preaching to the choir here. I think that everyone here would agree with your observations and your statement. Although, I will take exception with one point and that is that we are anything but helpless. I understand your frustration,but, we are not all idiots. Many of us are just in various stages of the awakening process. Patience is a virtue.

    • HecatesMoon

      I am not helpless.
      The spread of the idea that we don’t matter, I have realized, is a lie, and the result is exactly what we see today.
      In order for there to be a collective to MAKE a difference, there has to be individuals who believe that their thoughts, their expressions, and their choices matter….. because, added up…. they DO.
      I think now that the biggest real obstacle to seeing things righted is convincing people that the “I am weak and I don’t count” mindset is utter crap and making them see that even when we don’t think we have a choice in certain things, we DO. And affecting the things we do have a choice in will ultimately affect those things we don’t see a choice in. You have to get people to realize what their choices really ARE, to get them to see real, basic personal responsibility.
      Helpless?? No way. Passive aggressive mental abuse is all that is.

      • cantbetrue

        Thank you for this post. It offers a glimmer of hope that I don’t see in many responses. But I’d really like to know what we CAN do? Do you have any concrete suggestions for action or change? Do we begin a collective campaign to MSM and begin demanding real coverage? Do we file lawsuits or support organizations that help whistleblowers? It seems like the entire Truth Movement is at odds with one another and not rallying around a single leader or constructive objective — and right and left just battle each other, even if they agree on the most important stuff. I’m extremely new to questioning the official narratives but I’m already deflated. What do you suggest?

        • HecatesMoon

          Hmmm…. cantbetrue…. how do I explain….

          If you want change in any area, you have to BE change. You have to live it.

          You will not cause change so suddenly and drastically as a bomb blast. I think that is what discourages people– thinking there should be a BANG, that things should transform before their eyes as an absolute direct result of them personally.

          Personal power, it can be strong, but it starts as a whisper, and if you really believe that you matter then the subtlety of your influence will not bother you. You will simply live your life as you believe is best and the rest falls into place.

          When you change yourself, if you use available outlets like blogging and facebook and just talking to others, it’s your opportunity to tell people WHY you are doing what you’re doing and to explain the positives of making life changes, and to let people SEE how your personal change has been so beneficial to you. …And that then encourages others to follow suit.

          You don’t need to scream. You don’t need to be “in your face” to get your point across or influence others. The ROAR and a constant focus on the negative puts a lot of people OFF I think.
          The take down of media has started, and it has required no scream. They are showing themselves to just be yet another puppet. It has started with alternative sites spreading alternative information, people spreading that alternative information to others.

          If getting the media to report real information is your particular cause then look into the companies that run the media. Who owns those companies? Do they have their hands in other businesses that you may be able to influence by not spending your money with them anymore? What politicians do they support? What businesses do those politicians own?

          You see, your vote doesn’t really seem to be legitimate anymore….but your money sure is.

          And sure, why not write letters if you wish explaining that you’re unhappy with them, why, and telling them that you won’t be watching anymore or that you won’t be spending your money with such and such company that they happen to own from now on. Telling them you don’t like them doesn’t do much good, telling them they can’t have your money is a whole different story.

          Spread alternative media. If you use Facebook, post information and thoughts on things you’ve read there. Bring up that interesting thing you read when you talk to family or friends.

          I don’t try to post articles anymore usually as the website names and blog titles and such give the impression to most of “the sky is falling!!!” or they’ve already been given a bad name by MSM. That puts people off so I just happen to bring information up.

          On occasion, I’ve seen a good opportunity to introduce someone to the world of alternative media and so I have given them the links to get them started, and let them know there are many other sites and people who are feeling the same way they are…. so MSM loses another.

          Do your research, then decide what YOU can do to stop supporting an entity you don’t like. Then take advantage of time with family and friends, set up a blog, use social networking, and talk about what you’ve decided to do and why. Be positive, but don’t hide whatever negatives you discover along the way. You don’t want to glamorize or lie to people.

          I don’t know how well it will work or how it might apply to your cause, but you will appeal to a lot more people and gain more support if you offer more than one reason to do so. One size doesn’t fit all.

          For example, I believe people should become more self sufficient– avoid Monsanto and their affiliates as much as possible, grow at least some of their own food. I want to see a garden and a flock of chickens in every yard! My original reason for this was that the just in time delivery system is unnatural and dangerous as is control of the world food supply by just a handful of mega corps.

          Now, my sister who is wonderful and smart and big hearted and great?? She is a liberal democrat, doesn’t think the worst will happen, and says if people are suffering and starving and dying in a SHTF situation she wouldn’t want to live in that world anyway.

          I could never appeal to my sister by advertising gardening only as a way to survive if SHTF.

          I CAN appeal to her for other reasons though.

          I can appeal to a lot of different kinds of people besides just my sister by explaining where their food comes from, by explaining and showing how gardening and animal husbandry relieves stress, how great it feels to be in control of what I put in my body, by pointing out a savings in grocery money, and they can SEE how happy I am, how excited I am when something begins to bud, how PROUD I feel, how capable and confident my changed lifestyle makes me.

          My wonderful liberal democrat sister will grow her garden as allowed by the city she lives in, and it doesn’t matter one bit that her reasoning is different than my own. She will still have ALL the benefits available to her. An old high school classmate is trying to garden for the first time this year. Another person I know? They have torn up almost their entire tiny backyard so they can try a garden too. Just a whisper, but getting louder. :D

          So, rather than just yelling, “The MSM is lying to you!!! Boycott them!!!” make that only ONE reason to get people to turn away from MSM. Those who decide to do so for the same reason as you, give them the information they need to contact them. More and more people lost means they will have to start offering information that can’t be ignored.

          At present, I have simply tracked both politically driven sides in media watching how they spin things, each side to their favor, and watched how they manipulate their followers, thoughts with their spins. I then also read alternative media. I do not feel confused. Seeing the manipulation stops that. I pick out and throw away the crummy manipulation tactics, and am left with information which allows me to decide what I think and how I feel for myself.

          Omg….I heard my duck hen calling and I went outside…. there was an owl carrying off one of my ducklings. :((

  • Rogoraeck

    to the question: “Who Runs The World?
    Simple. As Voltaire have said, It’s those that you’re not allowed to criticize!

  • Rogoraeck

    When you have the “government” demolishing & removing the evidence of a crime, e.g. Newton school to be demolished. World Trade 911 rubbles removed & send to China. Port Arthur in Tasmania the café demolished & the coroner inquest abolished (to spare the feeling of the relatives??)
    Then your ALARM BELL should be ringing at full blast!
    You can remove the TURD. But the smell will linger long after!
    BTW I could be described as a paranoid wacco conspiracies theory nut!

  • Jay the health nut

    I totally agree; flouride combines with a chemical called triclonsan to cause cancer or slow your thyroid and make you fat. Use Tom’s of Maine. Nothing else is safe.

  • Jay the health nut

    Don’t be afraid to go in the opposite direction of modern life, either. Staying the course will make you fat, terminally ill, and miserable.

  • HerrinSchadenfreude

    What gets me isn’t that people disagree with assertions labeled as conspiracy theory. There are tons I don’t agree with either.

    What gets me is the sheer anger with which people who suggest or believe certain things in particular are greeted with. Specifically, those revolving around false flags, government sponsored terrorism and/or the obfuscated imperialistic agendas of government with regard to foreign affairs.

    Just reading comments about this Boston bombing. There is literally rage at people who dare to be skeptical about official/MSM stories and fact finding. Just like with 9/11. That people can become like that at the mere sight of someone who does not take the government at face value? On any other subject, a view that’s not agreed with does not become a cause of hatred.

    Only when things concern and frighten people the most does the mind shut down in this manner and disallow even the most obvious of truths to retain life. Ridicule is a sanctuary for those who can’t cope with something or someone. The saddest part of it all though is that they are so busy in denial that they have turned people operating as friends into enemies. Enemies of the public do not demand answers about government injustice. When 2700+ Americans die in an attack, enemies of America say “good riddens, should have rounded up to 3000”. Not, “I can’t rest until this government explains well enough for every one of them”.

    How has this country gotten so mixed up about that? The power of fear is truly majestic isn’t it?

    • SupernaturalCat

      Fantastic post. Glad I stumbled across this thread…plenty of solid, common sense to be found, which, given the subject matter, is quite rare in the land of The Brainwashed.

  • cairochris2

    I can say there is a potential of an element of truth in two here – the mass production of drugs and the Kennedy allegations. But you are completely misunderstanding and grossly oversimplifying the theory behind climate change (it is NOT global warming, since different areas will respond differently). To be fair, the mainstream media does as well. It is not simply related to carbon emissions, more to the feedback mechanisms that result from said emissions. Things like increased methane (which is 4x more powerful than CO2 as a greenhouse gas) emissions from melting permafrost – which is not directly created by human activity but is influenced by it, as are the number of animals that produce methane (e.g. sheep). Water vapor is also emitted in combustion along with CO2, in high quantities at industrial scales, so one also cannot say that man has no impact on the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. This is an area I have studied intensely, and considering the rigorous peer review process that occurs in science (unlike areas such as politics) it is very hard to get something published that is a hoax. 95%+ of scientists now support the theory; it is no longer in doubt in the scientific community. The myth is that it is, when in reality it is not. The other myth is that a green economy is completely unsustainable economically.

  • cairochris2

    The temperature of the world is related to the global energy balance, which incorporates both energy released by the Earth and incoming energy from the Sun. The problem with the theory that current warming trends globally (although cooling trends are occurring locally in some places, which is why it is climate change and not global warming) is due solely to solar influences is that current trends are not in sync with historical ones. Based on Milankovitch cycles (which describe the influence of Earth’s orbit around the Sun on the climate) and solar cycles, we should actually be cooling right now, but we are not. So theories based solely on these elements fall apart. The other big problem with the solely natural explanation is that the pace of warming far exceeds any in recorded history (going back hundreds of thousands of years (up to 800,000)). Even tenths of a degree over a century is rapid, and we have jumped more than a degree globally in the past 50 years alone.

    People do sometimes extrapolate additional conclusions that are not necessarily correct. For example, there are not likely to be additional tropical storms (though those that do occur will likely be stronger). There could actually be fewer, but greater in magnitude.

  • Phil Wainwright

    Vote for whoever you like, the government always wins the vote!!

  • scott

    You did an article on conspiracy theories and you DIDN’T mention 9/11? Are you kidding me?? You’d rather talk about fluoride??? Michael I’ve got one word for you…FAIL