Yale and George Mason Universities surveyed 2,164 Americans last fall about their “climate change beliefs, attitudes, policy preferences, and actions.”
Details will be posted at midnight Tuesday here. Here is a first look:
Americans say they are prepared to incur significant costs, as the figure above shows. In fact, they “support policies that would personally cost them more,” specifically (emphasis in original):
Interestingly, the study also finds that most Americans support unilateral action:
These results may appear at odds with recent polls — see “Gallup poll shows failure of media, conservatives still easily duped by deniers” and “Deniers are still mostly duping only GOP voters” and “The Deniers are winning, but only with the GOP.”
But I think the results are not so inconsistent. Americans want to reduce pollution and strongly believe in clean energy — even most of the (large) minority that tells pollsters “News about about global warming is exaggerated” today. Indeed, most Americans are smart enough to figure out that the threat from global warming is not its (relatively) small impact on climate today, but the huge danger it poses in future decades if we continue on the business as usual path of unrestricted emissions.
I will expand on this point with another look at this poll later. I am also hoping to get somebody who was involved in the research to comment on it.
This piece originally appeared on Climate Progress
The challenge is to get low cost green products on the shelves of Wal-mart. Then we can vote with our wallets, fifty dollars at a time. There's a big frustration with many of us worker drones who want to do more, but feel like there aren't enough options beyond changing some light bulbs and carrying around a tire guage.
I encourage everyone everywhere to look into the Transition Town movement. It affords all of us an opportunity for immediate action. Something we are all wanting. A paraphrase from my recent Transition Town training..."the past generation did not know. The future generation will not have a choice. We are the one's we have been waiting for. The time is now." I am starting a Transition Town in Hancock County, Maine today!