To read the comments section of this blog and others, and to listen to the bitter vitriol routinely spewed by folks who seem to revel in arguing about global warming, you might think Americans are divided on what to do about it.
Not so, at least according to a new poll of 1,024 adults in the U.S. performed by Yale University's Yale Project on Climate Change Communication. Even as climate legislation sits gathering dust in Congress, Americans appear to strongly favor moving forward with renewable energy technologies, drastically cutting carbon dioxide emissions, and regulating CO2 as a pollutant.
Some key numbers from two reports issued yesterday, which are up since the last time the poll was performed in January following a significant downturn throughout the previous year (you can find them here and here):
Now, the poll also showed that fully 45 percent of people think "there is a lot of disagreement among scientists about whether or not global warming is happening". That's simply not true — regardless of what you may think of scientists in general, they are overwhelmingly convinced that global warming is happening.
In all, 61 percent of the group said they believe global warming is
happening. Of them, half believe humans are behind it, while 34 percent said the warming is down to natural processes.
So, while there is still a fair amount of disagreement among Americans about the causes of global warming, there is a surprisingly high level of support to move forward with new energy technologies and policy choices that will drastically cut our carbon emitting ways.
Perhaps lawmakers and pundits alike should dispense with the bickering and give the country what it wants: legislation that will push us towards a low-carbon energy future.