The Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and George Mason University released their latest annual survey recently, showing that majorities of Democrats and Republicans agree about some climate and energy policies, reports Ryan Koronowski at Climate Progress. Other results indicated more education was needed; half of respondents had not heard of the Keystone XL pipeline, a project sure to increase global carbon emissions. On the bright side, 60 % or more of Republicans and about 80 % of Democrats favored clean energy rebates and more clean energy research funding, and roughly the same percentages wanted to regulate carbon emissions. A clear half of Republicans want to end government subsidies to fossil fuel industries. Independents favored these policies even more than Republicans, an important point for Republicans to note, given that many recent elections have hinged on the power of independent voters. Strong majorities said that President Obama and Congress should make climate change a high priority, and that President Obama should make clean energy development a high priority. The majorities have spoken. Now if only Congress would agree to represent us…
Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here: http://signon.org/sign/we-are-the-clean-99?source=c.em.cp&r_by=487176 . This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is in 2 years!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.
For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/index.php?author=mary-ellen-harte