The Battle for U.S. Public Opinion on Climate Change is OverApril 26th, 2007
Posted by: Roger Pielke, Jr.
Americans in large bipartisan numbers say the heating of the earth’s atmosphere is having serious effects on the environment now or will soon and think that it is necessary to take immediate steps to reduce its effects, the latest New York Times/CBS News poll finds.
Ninety percent of Democrats, 80 percent of independents and 60 percent of Republicans said immediate action was required to curb the warming of the atmosphere and deal with its effects on the global climate. Nineteen percent said it was not necessary to act now, and 1 percent said no steps were needed.
Recent international reports have said with near certainty that human activities are the main cause of global warming since 1950. The poll found that 84 percent of Americans see human activity as at least contributing to warming.
The poll also found that Americans want the United States to support conservation and to be a global leader in addressing environmental problems and developing alternative energy sources to reduce reliance on fossil fuels like oil and coal.
For those still looking to play the skeptic game there is also good news as there are still a few left: 4% said recent strange weather was caused by “God/end of world/bible” and 2% said “space junk.” In all seriousness, I don’t expect the skeptic game to end any time soon, despite the overwhelming consensus of public opinion.