Albeit economic crisis, the US care about climate change

As the United States vote today to elect their next President – for a minimum of two hours on the East coast – a poll shows that Americans care more and more climate change mitigation.

Brought to my attention by TreeHugger, this poll carried out by the Climate Group is encouraging as it notes that people are willing fight global warming and to save energy and thus money.

You will find below the main findings of this study. Hope the next President will act strongly on climate and energy issues as they are vital to the survival of our civilization.Here are they :

  • 63% of Americans said they believe tackling climate change will benefit the economy
  • The percentage of people who selected 6 or 7 on a scale of 1 to 7 for level of agreement to the statement “Climate change and how we respond to it are among the biggest issues I worry about today” was just 18% in 2007, but climbed dramatically to 24% in 2008.
  • The percentage of people who selected 6 or 7 on a scale of 1 to 7 for level of agreement to the statement “I am personally making a significant effort to help reduce climate change through how I live my life today” similarly climbed from 13% in 2007 to 21% in 2008
  • 52% said tackling climate change will not personally cost them money
  • Most prefer (as they always did) to contribute by changing their behavior and spending extra time rather than spending extra money
  • Those feeling financially worse off than last year are scarcely less committed than those feeling better off: 41% of people who said they believe themselves to be financially worse off also said “I am focusing on making changes to my life to combat climate change,” only three percentage points below those who did not feel financially worse off

Source : TreeHugger.

As I noted previously, I am confident the next President of the United States can make a tremendous difference on world’s climate change mitigation. Here are some posts you may like today :

By Edouard

Edouard is a sustainability and energy professional committed to bringing our societies to a carbon neutral future. He has been writing on related topics on this very blog since 2007.


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