Wherever you live in the world, energy prices are surging upwards. But a new global survey shows that people don’t blame climate policies for rising energy costs and strongly support moves to end the use of fossil fuels.
A survey of over 22,500 adults in 30 countries, conducted by Ipsos for the World Economic Forum, found that, on average, more than half of consumers expect rising energy costs to significantly reduce their spending power in 2022.
Results varied by country, however, with two-thirds of people living in South Africa, Japan and Turkey saying they expect to have less money to spend this year, compared to just over one-third in Switzerland and the Netherlands. People on low incomes and those aged 35 to 49 were most worried about their financial future.
Climate policies aren’t to blame
But despite the impact on their financial situation, people remain strongly supportive of climate policies, with an average of 84% saying that it is important to them personally that their country moves away from fossil fuels to more sustainable energy sources.
This view was strongly held in all countries, ranging from 72% of people in Russia and 75% in the United States to 93% in South Africa and Peru; the strongest feelings about the importance of ending reliance on fossil fuels was found in emerging nations.
Although support was strong among all demographic groups, slightly more women (87%) thought it was important to move away from fossil fuels than men (81%).
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wants Americans to believe since 2011, when the word “extremists” was just starting to take root in the public’s consciousness, there has been an explosion of violent extremism
In 2011, DHS published the “Empowering Local Partners To Prevent Violent Extremism In The United States” report while at the same time calls for ending America’s never-ending war on terror started taking hold.
The DHS report made dubious claims like al-Qa‘ida was trying to recruit Americans and radicalize terrorism across the country, which coincidentally was also the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The report mentions extremists and violent extremists interchangeably during a time when Americans were beginning to question the war on terror.
In May 2011, National Public Radio wrote, “Why We Must End The War On Terror” and asked in September, “Is It Time To End The War On Terror?” Similar articles were being published across the country asking the same thing.
Fast forward eleven years, to 2022 and the war on terror shows no signs of abating.
DHS, who could be mistaken for magicians if it were not so ironic, have convinced law enforcement that America now has at least twenty-three different types of extremists.
There does not appear to be a master list of American extremists published by DHS or the Department of Justice.
I used four sources to compile this list of twenty-two different types of violent extremists, but I fear that the government’s “official list” is far larger.
Anti–government violent extremist
Anti–authority violent extremist
Anarchist violent extremist
Domestic violent extremist
Racially or ethnically motivated violent extremist
Militia violent extremists
Sovereign citizen violent extremist
Individual violent extremist
Involuntary celibate–violent extremist
Animal rights extremist
Christian Identity extremist