Q: So let’s talk about global warming. Do you think global warming
is something real?
A: Oh yeah. It used to seem like scientists were arguing about it, but
now it seems like they have
come to the consensus that it’s real. 
Q: And do you think it is caused more by human activities or by natural
A: Oh, I think we humans are making the problem. 
Q: So do you think that the effects of global warming are starting to
be felt now?
A: Some. Though I don’t think the effects will be really serious
during my lifetime. 
Q: Do you worry about it a lot?
A: A fair amount. It’s not the most important environmental problem.
I’m more concerned about
pollution. But it’s important. 
Q: Are you willing to take steps to curb global warming even if it might
have some negative impact
on the economy?
A: Some. But I think we can have a strong economy and address environmental
issues too. It’s not
an either-or. I don’t think the problem is so pressing that we have
to take steps that would be really
Q: So do you support the US participating in the Kyoto Treaty?
A: Yes. Aren’t we? 
Q: Well, actually not. The Bush administration is opposed to it.
A: Really? Hmm. That doesn’t sound good to me. But maybe I don’t
know enough to judge. 
Q: As you may know, there is a major controversy about whether the developing
countries should be
required to cut their emissions that contribute to global warming. Some
people say on a per-person
basis, less-developed countries produce far less greenhouse gases, and
so they should not be required
to limit their emissions until they develop their economies more, while
others argue that the less-
developed countries produce a substantial and growing amount of greenhouse
gases and should be
required to limit their emissions. What do you think?
A: I think they should be required to limit them some, but I don’t
know if we can really ask them to
actually reduce them the way that the developed countries need to. 
Q: So, what if we cannot get developing countries—or any other country,
for that matter--to limit their
emissions? Should the US still try to reduce its emissions?
A: We should go ahead even if the others do not follow. 
Q: If the less-developed countries are willing to limit their emissions,
do you think the developed
countries should provide the technology and training necessary to help
A: Definitely. You see, now that’s a kind of foreign aid I really
Q: Just one last question. Do you think that, as compared to the average
American, you are more or
less supportive of taking steps to reduce global warming?
A: Oh, definitely more supportive. I can see why politicians have so
much trouble taking the necessary
steps to deal with the problem. If everybody was like me, it would be
quite different.