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As Climate Negotiations Kick Off in Peru, Polls Show Americans Want to Limit Greenhouse Gases

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As international climate negotiations kick off in Peru, the Washington Post reminds us of the broad support among the American public for moving to a clean energy economy.

  • 75% of Hispanic/Latino Americans say the federal government should limit greenhouse gases in order to reduce global warming. 69% of African Americans and 68% of whites also agree the government should limit carbon pollution.
  • 70% of Hispanic/Latino Americans say that the federal government should limit greenhouse gases, even if it raises their personal utility bills by $20 per month. 61% of whites agree with that, as do 51% of African Americans.
  • 71% of African Americans, 69% of Hispanic/Latino Americans and 50% of whites say climate change is a very serious problem facing the country.

This certainly isn't the first survey to find results like these.  For instance, back in January, the LA Times reported that Latinos "overwhelmingly favor government action to fight climate change, voicing a level of support exceeded only in their views on immigration reform." And a September report found overwhelming support for clean energy across racial and ethnic groups. Finally, a brand new poll by Munich Re, the world's largest reinsurance company, finds that 83% of Americans believe climate change is occurring, with 71% supporting "greater use of alternative-energy sources" to help deal with it.  Bottom line: Americans want climate action and they want clean energy. Are you listening, politicians?

Topics: Public Affairs