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  • Mike Neuman
    The Politics Of Global Warming : America Speaks Out about Climate Change, but is Washington Listening? WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, Nov. 29 -/E-Wire/--
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      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.
      27)

      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
      Network


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