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Today, Representative Waxman and Senator Whitehouse released new state-by-state data on Americans’ views on climate change, the polling data is from Sanford University's Jon A. Krosnick.

To quote Mr. Waxman:

“This new report is crystal clear,” said Rep. Waxman.  “It shows that the vast majority of Americans - whether from red states or blue - understand that climate change is a growing danger.  Amerians recognize that we have a moral obligation to protect the environment and an economic opportunity to develop the clean energy technologies of the future.  Americans are way ahead of Congress in listening to the scientists.”

“These polls are further proof that the American people are awake to the threat of climate change, and have not been taken in by the polluting industries' conspiracy of denial,” said Sen. Whitehouse.  “Now it’s time for Congress to wake up and face the facts:  climate change is real; it is hurting our people, our economy, and our planet; and we have to do something about it.”

We should run hard on the issue of climate change in 2014 and 2016. Just about everyone agrees that we need to do something about climate change Thwarting and destroying the climate change enablers is critical..

I did not find the results horribly surprising given that human beings can see perfectly what is going on in their gardens, their local weather, the local and national news on weather related catastrophes.

For fascinating maps of the survey questions.

Percentage of Americans who believe global warming has been happening

Percentage of Americans who believe government should limit greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. businesses

Stanford University Public Opinion Surveys on Global Warming (2013): Should Government Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Power Plants?

Percentage of Americans who believe government should reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants (by imposing regulations or offering tax breaks)

These were the Survey QuestionS:

2012-2013: What is your personal opinion? Do you think that the world's temperature probably has been going up over the past 100 years, or do you think this probably has not been happening?  

2012: What is your personal opinion? Do you think that the world's temperature probably has been going up slowly over the past 100 years, or do you think this probably has not been happening?

2012: What is your personal opinion? Do you think that the world's temperature probably has been going up over the past 100 years, or do you think this probably has not been happening?

1997-2011: You may have heard about the idea that the world's temperature may have been going up slowly over the past 100 years. What is your personal opinion on this? Do you think this has probably been happening, or do you think it probably has not been happening?

Methodology: For more than a decade, many surveys have measured Americans' opinions about various issues related to global warming.  These surveys have involved interviewing truly random samples of the American adult population and have been designed to yield estimates for the country as a whole.  Many of these surveys have asked the same questions repeatedly.  To generate the state level analysis, Professor Krosnick first combined these surveys, yielding a large number of respondents, selected randomly, for almost every state in the country.  Professor Krosnick then applied a statistical modeling procedure to estimate what public opinion would be in each state today.  This procedure modeled differences between states, effects of survey mode (e.g., telephone interviewing vs. self-completion of online questionnaires), differences between results obtained by different interviewing firms, and trends in opinions over time.  This methodology produced estimates of the results that would be obtained by random digit dialing telephone interviews in 2013.

Note: Data not available for Alaska, Hawaii, North Dakota, Wyoming, and the District of Columbia.  

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Comment Preferences

  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    "If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading."- Lao-Tzu

    by Pakalolo on Wed Nov 13, 2013 at 05:08:12 PM PST

  •  Whoa! (3+ / 0-)
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    Pakalolo, Stude Dude, Calamity Jean

    Seriously?  Those results really surprise me.  That has to be a complete reversal from just a couple of years ago.

    Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

    by yet another liberal on Wed Nov 13, 2013 at 05:19:43 PM PST

    •  2012 growing season. (10+ / 0-)

      The heat wave hit at just the wrong moment for corn.

      This year had issues too - one of the farmers around here whose name is practically a brand name because people love his corn so much lost the first of two corn crops this year. Completely. He had to call around and let people who'd put in a verbal unpaid order last WINTER know that the corn just wasn't going to be there until late summer and not that much of it, either. There were annual orders set in tradition for a decade that had to be cut down because the crop volume that had always been there wasn't.

      Mountain women who buy local corn and freeze a year's supply were buying it from the grocery store. And talking about it. And apologizing for not serving this one farmer's corn to their families.

      I've got no doubt his neighbors who don't get asked for by name had the same failures he did.

      People notice things like that.

  •  Will the public invest _heavily_ in renewable now? (5+ / 0-)

    Or is that "big government".  Wondering what people's priorities are.

    I still am shocked by those results.  But seriously, what about heavily investing in renewable energy?  What about eliminating subsidies and breaks for oil and coal and gas?

    I can hear it now, we'll need a "free market" solution, waiting while the world continues to cook more.

    Sorry, it's really hard for me to be optimistic.  I've been listening to global warming liars for my entire lifetime.

    Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

    by yet another liberal on Wed Nov 13, 2013 at 05:24:41 PM PST

    •  Look into "tax and dividend". (2+ / 0-)
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      Pakalolo, JeffW
      I can hear it now, we'll need a "free market" solution, waiting while the world continues to cook more.
      Free market AND carbon reduction.  

      "My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right." -- Sen Carl Schurz 1872

      by Calamity Jean on Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 07:40:06 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  No more Department of Interior coal auctions! (2+ / 0-)
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    Karl Rover, Calamity Jean

    Show us you're serious!
    Leave it in the ground!

  •  I live in South Florida. (1+ / 0-)
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    Pakalolo

    We're the part of the US probably most exposed to the immediate impacts of sea-level change. Miami Beach is getting more and more flooded every storm season, and most of it will be under water in 30-40 years.

    And the governor of our state believes that global warming is a hoax promoted by Al Gore to destroy the economy.

  •  the miami herald had an article a few days ago (3+ / 0-)

    saying real estate developers are quietly consulting with climate experts about whether or not they should invest in building in certain so fla locations b/c they're worried about sea levels rising. what's more, local attorneys are warning r.e. agents that in a yr or 2 they may be required by law to warn prospective buyers about buying a property b/c it may be underwater (literally!) within 10 yrs, especially if it's near beaches. they feel so sure that sea levels will rise (& a lot, too) they say it will become standard practice for agents, like warning about lead paint.

    (i tried posting the link to the article but they have a paywall & it wouldn't work for me.)

  •  The most significant map for me was the one at (2+ / 0-)
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    Pakalolo, JeffW

    this link:  "Percentage of Americans who believe government should limit greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. businesses".  NO state had a percentage under 67%.  I did notice that some fossil-fuel producing states such as West Virginia, Wyoming, and the Dakotas were shown as "no data", but the map still represents the vast majority of US residents.  That would suggest that Democrats running for Congress in 2014 should publicise the carbon reduction scheme called "tax and dividend" and promise to support it.  

    Candidates could say,  "People and companies who emit large amounts of carbon pollution should be penalized, and those that emit small amounts should be rewarded.  If elected, I will raise taxes on carbon-containing fossil fuels to discourage their use, and will insist that the funds from this tax be refunded equally to each legal US resident.  If you use relatively small amounts of fossil fuel, your refund will be larger than your tax amount.  People who use fossil fuels wastefully will pay more in tax than they get in their refund."  

    Climate is a winning issue for Democrats, and Democrats need to start running on it!

    "My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right." -- Sen Carl Schurz 1872

    by Calamity Jean on Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 07:36:30 AM PST

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