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    Thursday, June 05, 2014

    OVERWHELMING POPULAR SUPPORT FOR EMISSIONS CONTROLS

    A huge majority of Americans support regulating carbon from power plants. And they’re even willing to pay for it.

    Scott Clement and Peyton M. Craighill, June 2, 2014 (Washington Post)

    “A lopsided and bipartisan majority of Americans support federal limits on greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll that also finds most are willing to stomach a higher energy bill to pay for it…Fully 70 percent say the federal government should require limits to greenhouse gases from existing power plants, the focus of a new [EPA] rule…An identical 70 percent supports requiring states to limit the amount of greenhouse gas emissions within their borders…[Independents (76 percent),] Democrats [79 percent] and Republicans [57 percent] are in rare agreement…Strong tea party supporters are most resistant [50 percent]…The cross-party agreement extends to a willingness to pay for such limits with higher energy bills…[Asked if support extended to limits if they "…raised your monthly energy expenses by 20 dollars a month," 63 percent of respondents say yes, including 51 percent of Republicans, 64 percent of independents and 71 percent of Democrats…The overall results are closely in line with Post-ABC polling since 2009…” click here for more

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