Why do most people think terrorism is more of a threat than global warming ?

kemy 08/21/2017. 27 answers
Environment Global Warming

27 Answers

Carolyn 05/21/2017.

Terrorists will cut your head off with a carving knife, bomb a populated event, kidnap a journalist, and destroy sky scrapesr killing 2,000 -plus people with no remorse. They're proud to cause death and destruction and they do so violently, deliberately and discriminately.

Global warming, if it is at all true, is a rather slow-moving change of weather patterns that occasionally causes storms that can be predicted and escaped from.

vulcan_alex 05/21/2017.

Because terrorism can kill you today, while climate change might never even bother you.

virtualguy92107 05/21/2017.

The threat of personal violence is much more important to our brains than, say, the threat of having to move the city in 50 years time, even if the likelihood of that violence is much lower. That's in the wiring. Even when we realize it it doesn't keep our brains from operating that way.

JimZ 05/21/2017.

Terrorism is an actual threat. Global warming is trying to scare people with a degree or two of warming. It works for some.

Sagebrush 05/21/2017.

In recent years terrorism has caused thousands of deaths.

Global Warming has caused none.

We can prove that there are terrorists.

No one has defined or proven that there is Global Warming.

Terrorists are real!

Global Warming is a scam!

Quote by Ottmar Edenhoffer, high level UN-IPCC official: "We redistribute de facto the world's wealth by climate policy...Basically it's a big mistake to discuss climate policy separately from the major themes of globalization...One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with environmental policy anymore."

Anonymous 05/21/2017.

Who says they do?

ALBERT 05/21/2017.

Do you have the slightest idea what terrorism is? Like hell on earth...

Yushchyshyn 05/21/2017.

A good question is, why do most people think terrorism is more of a threat than good old-fashioned crime? People are much more likely to be shot by someone with a permit to carry a concealed weapon than they are by someone who eager to meet a bunch of virgins.

In the short term, it is difficult to say whether global warming or terrorism would lead to more deaths. But, global warming has the potential to destabilize Western society. Terrorism only will destabilize Western society if people over react.

Anonymous 05/21/2017.

global warming=1 degree hotter

terrorism=500 degrees hotter...when the bomb goes off.

Freddie 05/21/2017.

Because it killed not only people but economy.

Anonymous 05/21/2017.

People think that because the science denier Trump and his cronies are pushing it and because there is still food available in stores. Mean while the far greater and very probable threat to the USA are viral pandemics and epidemics, so serious could arise with little advance opportunity for study.

Multi-faith atheist ®™℠ 05/21/2017.

Because they are influenced by alarmist media and paranoid politicians who only see short term threats as real

Bobs ur Uncle 05/21/2017.

I havent noticed any news videos of global warming chopping random peoples heads off.
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I havent noticed global warming making a direct attack in the continental U.S. on 9/11/01 in New York city that resulted in more deaths than in the 1941 pearl harbor attack that led to us declaring war on the country that attacked us & their allies ..

I havent noticed global warming making suicide attacks on my fellow countrymen in public places all over the world.

On the other hand I have noticed that extreme weather seems to have moderated in the past 50 years with slightly cooler summers & slightly warmer winters, and no one in their right mind would complain about that.

James 05/21/2017.

Partly it is because when people die from terrorism it is usually obvious that they died from terrorism--there is a person that blew themselves up with a bomb or drove a truck into a crowd. When people die from global warming the attribution is much more difficult, and may take decades of statistics to prove.

It is also partly due to people's inability to accurately evaluate threats. Compare, for example, gun deaths in the U.S. versus the risk of dying from terrorism. In the years since 9/11, how many people have died from terrorism in the U.S.? Maybe about 100. In the same time period, how many people have suffered non-terrorism related gun deaths? More than 400,000!

That means your crazy neighbor with a gun is a much, much greater danger to you than some ISIS member, yet people want to block travel from certain countries and spend trillions of dollars (the war on Iraq has already cost more than $2 trillion) fighting fake threats, while complaining about possible future taxes due to a real threat, global warming.

m 05/21/2017.

they're both concocted for political purposes and bogus.

Billy 05/21/2017.

Well, anyone with half a brain knows it is and knows that global warming is NO threat at all.

Clive 05/21/2017.

Terrorism exists.

Dan 05/21/2017.

Because I'd rather get a tan than blown up.

Sum 05/21/2017.

Well - if that's true then MOST PEOPLE are wrong.

Republicans are just stupid - and they'd believe anything they're told - but they aren't actually PEOPLE.

Michael 05/21/2017.

Because terrorism murders you immediately. Mike

speed 05/21/2017.

Terrorism is a violent act of terrifying the common public anytime in the day or night while global warming would show its devastating effect after couple of years.

RICHARD 05/21/2017.

Global warming is not the kind of thing where we will wake up one morning and flip on the news to find out the world as we once knew it has changed forever. These changes will occur gradually.

As terrible as it is for those who will be negatively impacted by global warming, it provides new opportunities for those who have money and resources to profit from it.

As coastline shift, once worthless property becomes valuable. As glaciers recede, previously inaccessible mineral resources become economically viable for mining. Construction of new cities and infrastructure will follow as populations move to higher ground. The developed world will benefit as the developing world desperately try to hold on to whatever resources they still have or can seize from their neighbors. Global warming may have been caused by the the first world, but it really is a third world problem.

Terrorism, however, is a direct, immediate threat to western civilization that cannot be dealt with gradually.

Gloria 05/21/2017.

Because it is a more immediate threat.

Daro 05/21/2017.

Simple analysis.

Lets see ....terrorists chopping off your head or burning u alive because you are "infidel".

Global warming ...... easier to grow more food and prevent mass starvation.

Difficult to tell which is the greater threat.

Anonymous 05/21/2017.

Terrorism in the US is not a threat because it is managed. On average police kill more people every year than terrorist and most people do not consider the police a threat. But if we look in other countries especially those where governments have collapsed, terrorism is a serious threat. And those images are horrific. The hatred some people have for our fellow human beings is insane, why would we expect them to care about people dying from things like AGW?

I regularly crossed the US border, on one occasion the border patrol people were discussing the latest football match while people like myself were waiting. There was a bell on the counter, the type you sometime see in small stores. which I rang. Their immediate reaction to the "ding" was for them to duck and reach for their guns. (They didn't actually pull them) I thought it was funny, the other "customers" were scared of them. I was asked why I rang the bell for service and explained they should be doing the job they were payed to do. Being the bunch of bullies that they are, I got a especially long search for that.

The day Obama decided to go after Bin Laden, the airports had military with full automatic weapons patrolling them and every one was on edge. Nothing happened and the patrols ended a few days after.

So it is all about perception, climates are changing slow enough so we do not see it unless we pay attention. And while we can not prove beyond doubt that weather events are caused by global warming, the images of the aftermath of a bomb are instantaneous and there is no doubt it was caused by a bomb.


"Black people seem to consider police a BIG threat. Of course they watch a lot of TV , apparently."

Black Americans are 2.5 times as likely as white Americans to be shot and killed by police officers. And unarmed black Americans are five times as likely as unarmed white Americans to be shot and killed by a police officers. Obviously police is less of a threat to white Americans.

Islamic terrorist have killed far more Muslims as all other religious denominations combined.

Kano 05/21/2017.

Ah come on!

Can you name one person who has died from global warming,

I can tell you about 2977 people who died on September the 11th 2001.

Tanner 05/21/2017.

Aside from the controversy on the truth behind and seriousness of climate change, terrorism is believed by everyone and poses immediate threats that can be solved quickly. If climate change is real and caused by man, it would take decades to eradicate, whereas terrorists could start world destroying wars or even unleash super viruses.