Report: Broad Bipartisan Support For Action On Climate Change

Wed, 2011-06-15 11:52Farron Cousins
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Report: Broad Bipartisan Support For Action On Climate Change

A new report by George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication shows that voters in America are concerned about global climate change, and would support broad action by the federal government to prevent future disaster. The report shows that voters from both major political parties are at odds with most Republicans in Washington, who have made it clear that they are not concerned with climate change and their voting records reflect that lack of concern.

The focus that most Congressional Republicans have had involving climate change revolves around U.S. energy policy. They believe that the only solution to America’s energy crisis and high gas prices is to drill in every available square inch of American soil or American waters. And while the report shows that 66% of Americans are in favor of more domestic oil drilling, it is likely because they are unaware that any new oil produced in the United States would have no impact on energy prices.

Here are some of the key findings from George Mason University’s report:

71 percent of Americans say global warming should be a very high (13%), high (27%), or medium (31%) priority for the president and Congress, including 50 percent of Republicans, 66 percent of Independents and 88 percent of Democrats.

91 percent of Americans say developing sources of clean energy should be a very high (32%), high (35%), or medium (24%) priority for the president and Congress, including 85 percent of Republicans, 89 percent of Independents, and 97 percent of Democrats.

Majorities of Americans want more action to address global warming from corporations (65%), citizens themselves (63%), the U.S. Congress (57%), President Obama (54%), as well as their own state and local officials.

Despite ongoing concerns about the economy, 67 percent of Americans say the U.S. should undertake a large (29%) or medium-scale effort (38%) to reduce global warming, even if it has large or moderate economic costs.

82 percent of Americans (including 76% of Republicans, 74% of Independents, and 94% of Democrats) say that protecting the environment either improves economic growth and provides new jobs (56%), or has no effect (26%). Only 18 percent say environmental protection reduces economic growth and costs jobs.

Large majorities (including Republicans, Independents, and Democrats) say it is important for their own community to take steps to protect the following from global warming: public health (81%), thewater supply (80%), agriculture (79%), wildlife (77%), and forests (76%).

84 percent of Americans support funding more research into renewable energy sources, including 81 percent of Republicans, 81 percent of Independents, and 90 percent of Democrats.

68 percent of Americans support requiring electric utilities to produce at least 20% of their electricity from renewable energy sources, even if it costs the average household an extra $100 a year, including 58 percent of Republicans, 64 percent of Independents, and 82 percent of Democrats.

Josh Nelson at EnviroKnow created some charts to help illustrate the findings:

Again, as these numbers from May 2011 show, both Republicans and Democrats support efforts to reduce climate change, and yet the Republican majority in Congress is doing everything in their power to prevent any climate action. This year alone, Republicans have voted 7 times to continue giving billions of dollars worth of subsidies to oil companies every year. They cut almost $900 million from the federal budget for research into renewable energy. They stripped $6 billion worth of ethanol subsidies. And filibustered a bill amendment put forth by Democratic Senator Max Baucus (MT) that would have provided the following:

Tax credits for heavy hybrid and natural gas vehicles and a 30% investment tax credit for alternative fuel refueling stations.

A $1-per-gallon production tax credit for biodiesel and biomass diesel and the small agri-biodiesel producer credit of 10 cents per gallon extended through 2011.

A 50-cent-per-gallon tax credit for biomass and other alternative fuels.

Tax credits for energy-efficient appliances and homes.

Adding $2.5 billion in funding for Section 48C the advanced energy manufacturing 30% tax credit for companies manufacturing advanced clean energy products and materials.

Reinstate the Research and Development tax credit for renewable energy.



The actions being taken by Congress are clearly not in line with the desires of the American public. However, with the economy still performing poorly, these issues will likely take a backseat to economic issues in the next general election.

Comments

Only 47% of Americans believe humans causing climate change: poll http://thetyee.ca/Blogs/TheHook/Environment/2011/06/13/climate-change-poll-americans/

Guessing you had to do some serious searching to find that bogus survey.

Was the target audience in the San francisco Hippy districts perhaps?

This entire piece is sourced if you simply click the links provided. It’s not a bogus survey taken in the Bay Area.

If you’re too lazy, here’s the source link here:
http://www.climatechangecommunication.org/images/files/ClimateBeliefsMay2011.pdf

The last page lists the methodology used, and the second page (of the PDF) lists dates, interviews, interviewers and credentials. All of which are PhDs. And not to be judgmental or anything, but my guess is these people are much more qualified to make statements about the American population’s opinions, as well as on the climate, than you are.

This is a study by George Mason University, home of the Koch-backed Mercatus Center: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/30/100830fa_fact_mayer?currentPage=all

If anything, their report should find the OPPOSITE results, and yet it didn’t.

That’s encouraging. I assumed most Republicans thought climate change was just hooey, from the way their elected representatives are behaving. Or maybe they’ve changed their opinion after all the tornadoes touching down in the heartland.

I suspect that support is going to dwindle really fast when this gets out………..

Excerpt:
“What may be the science story of the century is breaking this evening, as heavyweight US solar physicists announce that the Sun appears to be headed into a lengthy spell of low activity, which could mean that the Earth – far from facing a global warming problem – is actually headed into a mini Ice Age.”

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/06/14/ice_age/

And so it begins… or ummm Ends.

And the Plot thickens……..

Mark the moment! The first renegade science conference http://joannenova.com.au/2011/06/mark-the-moment-the-first-renegade-science-conference/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+JoNova+(JoNova)

“Mark the moment! The first renegade science conference ”

Bob Carter & Ian Plimer speaking at a one sided anti AGW conference, where there is no chance for rebuttal? Youre new to this arent you?

Interesting results. Everybody wants clean energy but nobody wants to pay for it or change their lifestyle.

99 per cent of Americans want

A big SUV with a tankful of cheap gas and a sports car
Plenty of far flung trips to exotic vacation spots
A big house in the suburbs with a two car garage
A bunch of windmills that they dont see or hear or pay for.

thats the data you’re missing

“A big SUV with a tankful of cheap gas and a sports car”

They also want to eat Mcdonalds & KFC for every meal, smoke & drink every day, but know that sometimes, there is a price for your choices.

I think most people disconnect what they want the government to do and what they want to pay for. The politicians understand that too so they arent pushing the green agenda.

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A poll commissioned by Green For All and released last week found that 68% of minority voters in key battleground states see climate change as an immediate threat that needs to be dealt with now.

Some 70% said they are more likely to vote for candidates “willing to expand resources to tackle the issue and grow new industries over those arguing that addressing climate change will cost jobs and hurt our economy.”

Just how that compares to the rest of the population is difficult to determine, but it is clear that...

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