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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Jul 18, 2013 7:31 PM Flag

    Poll finds broad public support for Obama’s climate change plan

    Poll finds broad public support for Obama’s climate change plan

    July 18, 2013 at 2:43 pm by Jeannie Kever

    The partisan political rhetoric has been fierce in the weeks since President Barack Obama unveiled an ambitious package of proposals to combat climate change.

    But a bipartisan national poll conducted for the Natural Resources Defense Council found two-thirds of registered voters approve of one of the plan’s most controversial components, setting limits on carbon emissions from existing power plants.

    That includes support from 49 percent of Republicans. Almost as many Republicans, 45 percent, oppose carbon emissions limits.

    Democratic support for that proposal was 84 percent, while independent support was 56 percent.

    Investors: Climate change becoming top shareholder concern

    Republican pollster Robert Carpenter, president of Chesapeake Beach Consulting, said he was surprised at the level of Republican support and noted that Republicans offered stronger support for the other components of the plan, including investments in renewable energy, increasing efficiency standards for new vehicles, appliances and buildings and strengthening communities against the effects of climate change.

    “This is something the American people are strongly behind,” said Peter Altman, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s climate and clean air campaign. “They’re behind it from both parties.”

    In a speech last month, Obama said he would direct the Environmental Protection Agency to propose new carbon dioxide emission standards for existing power plants within a year, with a final rule expected no sooner than June 2015. He also directed the EPA to re-propose a stalled plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants.

    Jay Campbell, a Democratic pollster and senior vice president of Hart Research Associates who worked on the poll with Carpenter, said the level of Republican support indicates that the popular view of the EPA as a “villain” in Republican circl

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