America Speaks Out about Climate Change, but is Washington Listening?
- The Politics Of Global Warming : America Speaks Out about Climate
Change, but is Washington Listening?
WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, Nov. 29 -/E-Wire/-- Americans are
setting the Global Warming agenda for the nation's leaders if they're
willing to listen, and topping the list of solutions are energy
efficiency and renewable energy, according to a new national public
opinion poll commissioned by Earth Day Network. The poll also shows
that Americans are worried about global warming - 58 percent say it
will have a "great to extreme" impact on their children's future and
two out of three agree it will adversely impact the U.S. economy over
the next ten years.
The poll of 1020 adults, taken Oct. 26-29, also found a majority of
Americans (61 percent) believe it is "very to extremely" important
for government leaders to require higher fuel efficiency standards in
automobiles, and nearly half say it is that important for oil
companies to be taxed for their contributions to global warming.
"Americans are worried about their kids, the economy and even
national security because it's linked to our dependence on foreign
oil," said EDN President Kathleen Rogers. "Our poll confirms that
climate change is growing as a major concern for the average American
and those who have made personal changes to address the problem are
voting for candidates who actively address global warming, but it
also shows that we have some more educating to do at every level -
all the way up to Capitol Hill."
Key poll results include:
More than half of Americans, 55 percent, say it would be "very to
extremely" beneficial to national security to transition from fossil
fuels to renewable energy sources, compared to only 12 percent who
see little or no benefit at all, 30 percent who fall somewhere in
between and 3 percent who don't know. (See pgs. 36 and 37)
When asked to rate the importance of six solutions being considered
by government leaders to solve global warming, the greatest
percentage, 61 percent, chose higher fuel efficiency standards,
followed by 55 percent selecting higher energy efficiency
requirements for electronics and appliances and tax breaks for
industries which invest in renewable energy. (See pgs. 7, 14, and 20)
Of those who say higher taxes are a "very to extremely" important
solution to global warming, 49 percent support a tax on oil
companies - more than twice those who don't (21 percent) and 39
percent support a tax on gas guzzlers. (See pgs. 7, 14, and 20)
A majority of Americans, 58 percent, say global warming will have a
great to extreme impact on their children's future. 42 percent say
the same about their family's health and welfare and slightly less,
39 percent, say the same about their own health and welfare. (See pg.
When considering the impacts of global warming, the vast majority of
Americans, 61 percent, are most concerned about the impact on the
health and safety of people, compared to 18 percent who are most
concerned about the impact on wildlife, such as polar bears in the
Artic and 15 percent who are most concerned about the impact on
economies. (See pg. 35)
Approximately two out of three Americans agree that the U.S. economy
will be adversely impacted over the next ten years by global warming.
(See pg. 24)
A majority of Americans, 57 percent, agree that religious and faith
groups should take a stand on global warming, compared to 41 percent
who disagree and 2 percent who don't know.
But less than half (45 percent) say their own convictions - moral,
ethical or religious - compel them to solve global warming by
changing their own personal habits. Of those who would, most have
already purchased energy efficient products and services, reduced
their auto emissions and voted for candidates who actively address
global warming. (See pgs. 21, 22, and 23)
This national probability survey has a standard error of measurement
of plus or minus 3 percent. The survey was performed by Opinion
Research Corporation, www.opinionresearch.com , the company which has
conducted many of the recent political polls for CNN.
Full poll results available upon request Contact Info: Laurie Howell
Tel : 703-717-3983 E-mail : Howell@... Website : Earth Day
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