Americans Want Local Leaders To Step Up on Climate Change
Among the less headline-grabbing findings of a survey of Americans’ attitudes toward global warming and energy policy are these:
- Forty-five (45) percent of Americans would like local government officials to do more to reduce the effects of global warming.
- Forty-nine (49) percent say state government officials should also step up.
- In light of the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Accords, 57 percent say local governments should work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on their own.
Most surveys seem to look only at how the federal government should respond to environmental issues. This one, conducted by the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, involved more than 1,500 adults aged 18 and over from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and found that participants say it is the responsibility of the energy industry to ensure the safety of the public no matter what government regulations might require.
Sixty-two percent said it is up to the energy companies “to make sure that consumers and workers are safe, regardless of what government regulations exist,” while only 35 percent lay that responsibility on government. Republicans and Democrats tend to disagree with the scope and nature of regulations, but both “say it is ultimately the energy company’s responsibility.”