Poll: coal state Virginia sees global warming as 'very serious'

Tue, 2008-11-04 09:18Kevin Grandia
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Poll: coal state Virginia sees global warming as 'very serious'

A new poll released today by the University of Virginia finds the majority of Virginians believe that the earth is not only getting warmer but that global warming also constitutes a “very serious” problem.

72 percent of Virginians, thought the government should take immediate action to deal with climate change.

“It is a remarkable change. … I have not seen as issue like that move from the back of the line to the front of the line ever before,” said Gov. Tim Kaine (D).

Unfortunately, the concern reported in this poll belies reality. While the State government is beginning to implement measures to reduce Virginia's greenhouse gas emissions, with 160 coal mining operations and 44% of the State's electricity coming from coal there remains a lot more work to do before the concerns of Virginians are met. 

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