Monday, February 21, 2011

Many Believe in Global Warming Concept

See repost from Stanford survey:

Three out of four Americans believe that the Earth has been gradually warming due primarily or at least partly as the result of human activity and want the government to institute regulations to stop it, according to a new survey by researchers at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University.

The survey was conducted by Woods Institute Senior Fellow Jon Krosnick, a professor of communication and of political science at Stanford, with funding from the National Science Foundation. The results are based on telephone interviews conducted from June 1-7, 2010, with 1,000 randomly selected American adults.


Government solutions

In the June 2010 survey, 86 percent of respondents said they wanted the federal government to limit the amount of air pollution that businesses emit, and 76 percent favored government limitations on greenhouse gas emissions generated by businesses. Only 14 percent said that the United States should not take action to combat global warming unless other major industrial countries like China and India do so as well.

Among other survey results:

78 percent opposed taxes on electricity to reduce consumption, and 72 percent opposed taxes on gasoline;

84 percent favored the federal government offering tax breaks to encourage utilities to make more electricity from water, wind and solar power;

Four out of 5 respondents favored government requiring or offering tax breaks to encourage the production of cars that use less gas (81 percent), appliances that use less electricity (80 percent) and homes and office buildings that require less energy to heat and cool (80 percent);

Only 18 percent said that policies to reduce global warming would increase unemployment.
Krosnick presented the results of his latest survey on June 10, 2010, at an Environmental and Energy Study Institute briefing in Washington, D.C.

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