Americans and Climate Change

New data released by the Yale Program on Climate Communication and summarized by Nadia Popovich, John Schwartz and Tatiana Schlossberg in the New York Times gives a detailed view of public opinion on global warming.

Spoiler alert: Americans believe in global warming, but aren’t convinced that it’s their responsibility to worry about.

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To us the most interesting point though is how much support American voters have for renewable energy, and renewable energy research. Eighty two percent of Americans are in favor of funding renewable energy research, 82%!!!! and yet our elected officials are slashing budgets and cutting departments. It begs the question, Why?

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Other Interesting findings: 

  • In every congressional district, a majority of adults support limiting carbon dioxide emissions from exisitn gcoal-fired power plants.
  • Most people think that climate change will harm Americans, but they don’t think it will happen to them.
  • Texas and Florida are vulnerable to climate change but residents are split on how much to worry about it.
  • Climate Change isn’t even a regular topic of discussion in much of America.

Check out the Data straight from the source. There is a fun interactive map, where you can get down to the congressional district level, or span out to the 2016 national averages on risk perception, policy support, and beliefs surrounding Global Warming.


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