NewEnergyNews: Polls Show Majority Does Not Prioritize Climate Action, New Energy

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    Wednesday, May 04, 2022

    Polls Show Majority Does Not Prioritize Climate Action, New Energy

    …[K]ey facts about Americans’ views of climate change and renewable energy

    Katherine Schaeffer, April 22, 2022 (Pew Research Center)

    “…[January 2022 Pew Research Center surveys on climate change and renewable energy sources show about] four-in-ten U.S. adults (42%) say that dealing with climate change should be a top priority for President Joe Biden and Congress to address this year…A 54% majority of adults under 30 say global climate change should be a top priority, compared with smaller shares of Americans ages 30 to 49 (42%), ages 50 to 64 (36%) and ages 65 and older (39%)…Three-quarters of Americans say that human activity, such as the burning of fossil fuels, contributes to climate change at least some, with 46% saying it contributes a great deal…

    A slim majority of Americans (56%) say that policies aimed at addressing climate change generally do more good than harm for the environment…69% of U.S. adults favor the United States taking steps to become carbon neutral by 2050…[and 28%] oppose this policy…About seven-in-ten Americans (69%) prioritize developing alternative energy sources, such as wind and solar, over expanding the production of oil, coal and natural gas…Three-in-ten Americans say expanding exploration and production of oil, coal and natural gas should be a more important priority than developing alternative energy sources…

    …Two-thirds of adults say the nation should use a mix of fossil fuels and renewable energy sources…[and 31%] say the country should phase out the use of oil, coal and natural gas completely…Three-quarters of Americans support the U.S. participating in international efforts to help reduce the effects of climate change… [but] 53% say it’s unlikely that countries around the world, including the U.S., will collectively do enough to avoid the worst impacts from climate change…10% say they don’t view climate change impacts as a problem.” click here for more

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