Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Earth Science News .

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

Americans See Climate Threat But Reluctant To Conserve

Only 38 percent of respondents said they supported a higher tax on gasoline to discourage energy consumption and to fight global warming.
by Staff Writers
New York (AFP) April 27, 2007
A strong majority of people in the United States see global warming as an imminent danger but not all are ready to make big sacrifices to slow climate change, according to a new poll Friday. The New York Times/CBS poll said that even among Republicans, traditionally less likely to support environmental issues, 60 percent believed the threats to the global climate require immediate action. Among Democrats, the figure was 90 percent.

Overall, Americans believed by 52 percent to 36 percent that protecting the environment was a greater priority than stimulating the economy, and 68 percent thought it more important to encourage energy conversation that to increase energy production, emphasized by only 21 percent.

But Americans were less willing to make big sacrifices to their lifestyles to help fight climate change, according to the poll.

Despite the huge popularity of gas-guzzling sports, luxury and four-wheel-drive cars in the country, 92 percent said they thought car manufacturers should be required to produce more energy-efficient vehicles.

But only 38 percent said they supported a higher tax on gasoline to discourage energy consumption and to fight global warming.

That figure dropped to only 20 percent if the tax increase was two dollars a gallon (3.8 liters), which would effectively increase the current gas price by more than 40 percent.

Politically speaking, 57 percent thought the Democratic Party, which currently controls the Congress, more likely to protect the environment, while only 14 percent thought the Republicans -- the party of President George W. Bush -- better guardians of the environment.

The poll surveyed 1,052 adults during the past week and had a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

Source: Agence France-Presse

Email This Article

Related Links
All About Human Beings and How We Got To Be Here

Junk DNA Now Looks Like Powerful Regulator
Stanford, CA (SPX) Apr 24, 2007
Large swaths of garbled human DNA once dismissed as junk appear to contain some valuable sections, according to a new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the University of California-Santa Cruz. The scientists propose that this redeemed DNA plays a role in controlling when genes turn on and off.

  • Poll Shows Support For FEMA
  • Wireless Sensors Limit Earthquake Damage
  • DigitalGlobe And GeoEye Partner With The USGS In Support Of International Charter
  • Tsunami Emergency In Solomons Declared Over

  • Satellites Shed Light On Global Warming
  • Weather Trumps War As Australian Labor Eyes Victory
  • Oceanic Twilight Zone Plays Important Role In Climate Change
  • Satellites Play Vital Role In Understanding The Carbon Cycle

  • European Earth Observation Flagship Satellite Gets A New Lease Of Life
  • Cloudsat Marks One Year In Orbit
  • AIM Soars To The Edge Of Space For Unique Earth Observation Mission
  • Cloudsat Standard Data Products Released To Science Community

  • Germany Wants To Become World Leader In Energy Efficiency
  • Rebels To Release Chinese Hostages As Soon As Possible
  • US Senate Okays Bill On Legal Action Against Gas Cartel
  • Researchers Look Into Plant Cells To Increase Ethanol Yields

  • Experts Warn On Gambia AIDS Cure
  • HIV Treatment Goal Elusive
  • Bird Flu Genome Study Shows New Strains As new Infections Spread
  • Ebola Outbreaks Killing Thousands Of Gorillas And Chimpanzees

  • Plants Do Not Emit Methane
  • Birds Plan For Future Desires
  • Rampaging Elephants Force Indonesians To Relocate
  • Sea Snails Break The Law

  • Indonesian Green Groups Slam Newmont Judges
  • Indonesia Clears US Miner In Pollution Trial But Faces Prosecuter Appeals
  • In An Indonesian Bay Fish Tumours And Controversy
  • Coal Burning Having A Devastating Impact On Rural Chinese

  • Americans See Climate Threat But Reluctant To Conserve
  • Junk DNA Now Looks Like Powerful Regulator
  • Scientist Says Cremation Should Meet A Timely Death
  • Egyptian Faithful Crave New Islamic Gadgets

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2006 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA PortalReports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additionalcopyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement