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American Public Concern About Climate Change Continues To Increase

Von: Harry Hope (rivrvu@ix.netcom.com) [Profil]
Datum: 08.06.2010 20:34
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Poll: American opinion on climate change warms up

Fairfax, VA, June 8, 2010

Public concern about global warming is once again on the rise,
according to a national survey released today by researchers at Yale
and George Mason Universities.

The results come as the U.S. Senate prepares to vote this week on a
resolution to block the EPA from regulating carbon dioxide as a

Since January, public belief that global warming is happening rose
four points, to 61 percent, while belief that it is caused mostly by
human activities rose three points, to 50 percent.

The number of Americans who worry about global warming rose three
points, to 53 percent.

And the number of Americans who said that the issue is personally
important to them rose five points, to 63 percent.

"The stabilization and slight rebound in public opinion is occurring
amid signs the economy is starting to recover, along with consumer
confidence, and as memories of unusual snowstorms and scientific
scandals recede," said Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale
Project on Climate Change Communication.

"The BP oil disaster is also reminding the public of the dark side of
dependence on fossil fuels, which may be increasing support for clean
energy policies."

Americans who said President Obama and Congress should make developing
sources of clean energy a high priority increased 11 points, to 71
percent, while those who said that global warming should be a high
priority rose six points, to 44 percent.

In a seven-point increase since January, 69 percent of Americans said
that the United States should make a large or medium effort to reduce
global warming even if it incurs large or moderate economic costs.

Current public support for specific policy options (and changes since
January, 2010) include:

77 percent support regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant (+6)

87 percent support funding more research into renewable energy sources

83 percent support tax rebates for people who buy fuel-efficient
vehicles and solar panels (+1)

65 percent support signing an international treaty that requires the
United States to cut its emissions of carbon dioxide 90 percent by the
year 2050 (+4)

61 percent support requiring electric utilities to produce at least 20
percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources, even if it
cost the average household an extra $100 per year (+2)

Support for expanding offshore drilling for oil and natural gas off
the U.S. coast fell to 62 percent (-5)

"More than seven out of 10 Americans say the United States should take
action to power our nation with clean energy," said Edward Maibach,
director of the Center for Climate Change Communication at George
Mason University.

"Even more Americans support regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant,
including 64 percent of Republicans."

Copies of the reports can be downloaded from:



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