New poll shows Americans ready to act on climate change

Could the heads finally be coming out of the sand? We're always a little skeptical of polling numbers, but let's hope this trend continues:

Ninety percent of Democrats, 80 percent of independents and 60 percent of Republicans said immediate action was required to curb the warming of the atmosphere and deal with its effects on the global climateH/T to Josh Zaharoff at the Common Blog.


Here’s the part of the poll you left out:

“By large margins, respondents opposed an increase in pump prices of $2 a gallon, or even $1, to deal with environmental and energy-supply concerns.”

So, contrary to your spin, what the poll actually shows, is that Americans are not ready to act.

Did you read the next scentence? “Three-quarters said they would be willing to pay more for electricity generated by renewable sources like solar or wind energy.”

Pump prices are going to continue to go up regardless of action on climate change, so the point is moot. 

To quote the story again: “The negative view of new gasoline taxes may reflect the wide expectation that pump prices will continue to increase regardless of government action. More than 80 percent foresee higher prices in coming months, with many citing the Iraq war as a primary cause. Most respondents said they did not expect that any withdrawal of American troops from Iraq would cause prices to fall.”

The interesting point is this one: “Nearly half of those polled also said they did not believe that their fellow Americans would be willing to change driving habits to save gasoline or reduce the production of heat-trapping gases,”

This is a big challenge to changing consumer behavior. As long as someone else drives a Hummer, the guy riding his bike is going to feel somewhat duped.

Please read th story before making claims of “spin” please.

“As long as someone else drives a Hummer, the guy riding his bike is going to feel somewhat duped.”

So you think this guy on his bicycle feels duped knowing that someone, somewhere is driving a mythical Hummer? Just think how duped he must feel knowing that someone else flies around in his private jet and lives in a mansion that consumes twenty times the national average household electricity?

Do you think bicycle guy would feel duped knowing someone else rides around in a vehicle which certainly pollutes more than an entire fleet of Hummers? Say a giant luxurious diesel rock-star tour bus?

And if the mere existence of a Hummer somewhere would make the guy on a bicycle feel somewhat duped – then how duped would he feel, knowing that there is a self-styled hippie Internet money-laundering tycoon who maintains no less than three mansions?

Oh, I’m sorry. I believe I interrupted your magnificent sermon about “changing consumer behavior[sic]”?

Do continue.

Yep, I generally feel ripped-off when I try to walk the walk (ride the ride, I guess) every day and others get to more wastefully use the resources I’m trying to save (space on the roads, gasoline, clean air). Keep in mind, though, that being ripped-off that way (by hypocrites and naysayers alike) makes me more likely to attempt to control the behaviour of others through voting for a carbon tax, for example.

Agreed, I’d love to see people pay for their ineffecient ways. I’d also vote for a carbon tax too.

The thing is that when gas prices go up, the cost of food, etc., goes up; and poor people are hit the hardest. So a carbon tax would be good if measures are also taken to help those on low incomes.

I figure lower income folks, my grad student self included tend not to have large ecological foot prints, and thus tend to have lower carbon emissions. Has there been consideration in selling carbon credits on an individual basis? That would cover most power people who are also eco friendly no?