A recent study by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change, a majority of registered voters – including large majorities of all Democrats and Independents, as well as nearly half or more of liberal and moderate Republicans want more to be done to address global warming. The cast of characters who should be acting include corporations and industry, citizens themselves, the U.S. Congress, President Trump and their own members of Congress. Half of conservative Republicans want corporations and industry to do more to address global warming, although fewer want Congress or President Trump to act.
The study also found that a clear majority of registered voters support policies to promote clean energy and reduce carbon pollution. This includes: funding more research into renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power which is supported by 86 percent of all registered voters; providing tax rebates to people who purchase energy-efficient vehicles or solar panels, supported by 84 percent of all registered voters; regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant, which is supported by 77 percent of all registered voters; and requiring fossil fuel companies to pay a carbon tax and using the money to reduce other by an equal amount—a plan often referred to as a “revenue neutral carbon tax”- which garnered the support of 70 percent of all registered voters.
The study finds that millions of Americans are willing to work together to demand climate action by the government and companies—but this potential mass climate movement remains largely unorganized, with many people sitting on the sidelines waiting to be engaged.
For more information and more detail on the study, visit ClimateCommunication.Yale.edu/publications/politics-global-warming-may-2017/.