13 Jun '12, 7pm

Americans Want Government Action on Climate, As Long As It Doesn't Directly Affect Them

Americans Want Government Action on Climate, As Long As It Doesn't Directly Affect Them

Brookings Institution has again taken the temperature of the American people, their attitudes and beliefs about climate change , as well as about different policy options to address the situation. Perhaps the most striking thing is how belief in the basic observed facts of temperature rise have climbed back to levels not seen since the fall of 2009. As of Spring 2012, 65% of people surveyed said there was "solid evidence that the average temperature on earth has been getting warmer over the past four decades." While continuing a consistent rise in recent months, that percentage stills trails Fall 2008, when 72% of Americans correctly thought temperatures were rising. The biggest change in these beliefs, broken down on political lines, comes as a rise in belief from self-identified Independents. Just 55% of this group thought warming was occurring in Fall 2011, climbing to ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/environmental-policy/americans-...

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