National poll shows Americans support carbon emissions regulationsApril 30, 2012
Yale and George Mason University team to conduct poll on climate change
The Yale Project on Climate Change Communication has released the results to a new national poll. The project, which is part of Yale University’s investigation of public opinion regarding climate change, received assistance from the George Mason University Center for Climate Change and Communication. The two aimed to investigate how many Americans supported the regulation of carbon dioxide emissions and how high the demand for emissions reductions is throughout the country.
Climate change a political issue in the U.S.
The poll had a strong focus on the country’s current politics concerning climate change and sustainability. Those participating in the poll were asked to provide information concerning their political affiliation due to the constant politicizing of the matter in recent years. Currently, the political landscape concerning climate change is divided between Democrats and Republicans. In the past, many politicians in the Republican Party have been staunch opponents of the concept of climate change. These politicians have regularly claimed that their stance on the issue is aligned with the will of Republican voters. The Yale poll, however, suggests that this is not the case.
Poll shows majority of Americans support emissions regulations
According to the poll, 75% of Americans support regulating carbon emissions. A significant portion of these people claimed to be
Republicans. The poll notes that 63% of Americans support the establishment of an international initiative to reduce greenhouse emissions by 90% by 2050, well beyond the standards set up by most countries. The majority of participants claimed that environmental protection and economic growth were major factors in supporting alternative energy and emissions regulations.
Climate change politicized all over the world
The poll shows that climate change continues to be a controversial issue in the world of politics, suggesting that there may be some degree of disconnection between lawmakers and voters. Climate change is often considered to be a political and economic issue all over the world, which has, at times, caused significant problems in the progress of alternative energy and the establishment of stricter emissions regulations and standards.