A majority of Americans want government action on global warming

The Yale Project on Climate Change Communications' fourth report from the national survey Climate Change in the American Mind shows that the American public is largely supportive of government action on climate change.

While a large majority (88%) believe that the reduction of global warming should happen despite economic costs, a majority of Americans also believe it is up to industry, individuals and government to take action.


•   Six in ten Americans (61%) say the U.S. should reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions regardless of what other countries do.

•   Majorities also support funding more research into renewable energy sources (73%), providing tax rebates for people who purchase energy-efficient vehicles or solar panels (73%), regulating carbon dioxide (CO2) as a pollutant (66%), eliminating all subsidies for the fossil-fuel industry (59%), and expanding offshore drilling for oil and natural gas off the U.S. coast (58%).

The full report is available here.


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