28 Oct '14, 11pm

Millennials could make a difference on climate, if they voted

Millennials could make a difference on climate, if they voted

First, the good news: Young people care more about reducing carbon emissions than older Americans. And now, the bad: They are also much less likely to show up at the voting booth. D’oh! Here’s how the age gap plays out in a recent survey from the University of Texas at Austin. The researchers polled 2,105 U.S. citizens about voting habits and influential issues. When it comes to the under-35 crowd, 68 percent said they’d be more likely to vote for candidates who support reducing carbon emissions, while only 50 percent of the 65-plus group would. Damn right, millennials! But here’s where the tables turn: 68 percent of younger respondents said that they would vote, compared to a whopping 87 percent of older respondents. The non-voting 32 percent of millennials could make a huge difference, especially considering the range of issues they care about. This nifty table from a UT...

Full article: http://grist.org/politics/millennials-could-make-a-differ...

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