Poll Finds Strong Support For Clean Energy, 68% Of Independents Want To Regulate CO2 As A Pollutant
Ryan Koronowski on May 24, 2013 at 12:27 pm
The Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and George Mason University released their most recent survey this week:
The Yale survey, “Public Support for Climate and Energy Policies in April 2013,” dates back to 2008 and is an important barometer for public opinion on clean energy and climate issues.
In general, the year’s survey finds that support for prioritizing clean energy remains high, albeit with a recent dip, due in part to the increasing polarization of the American electorate.
Still, strong majorities support renewable energy and regulation carbon dioxide as a pollutant.
Here is more from what’s in the report, by the numbers:
•87 percent say President Obama and Congress should make developing sources of clean energy a priority.
•While there are some programs at the federal level that have aided the development of clean energy and transportation, such overwhelming support shows that the government could and should do more. After all, fossil fuel extractors make bad neighbors. Some states are getting the message and clean energy development creates jobs. Colorado recently moved to strengthen its Clean Energy Standard. Other states’ clean energy sectors face threats. North Carolina has been fighting off efforts to repeal its clean energy standard this year (that fortunately failed).
•70 percent say global warming should be a priority for the President and Congress.
•There are billions of reasons to make it one. President Obama has more than three years left to make it a big one.
•59 percent think the U.S. should cut greenhouse gas emissions on its own — even if other countries do not.
•33 countries and 18 sub-national jurisdictions will price carbon in 2013. This comprises 850 million people and nearly a third of the global economy. China has
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