Friday, December 18, 2009

Overwhelming U.S. Support for Global Warming Solutions

Some good news comes from two new polls, which reflect that Americans favor taking action to stop global warming.  For example, reports Grist:

A poll released today by USA Today/Gallup found clear majority support for the United States to sign a binding agreement to reduce its greenhouse gas pollution.

Conducted 12/11-13; surveyed 1,025 adults; margin of error +/- 3.1 percent. Subsample of 898 RVs; margin of error +/- 3.3 percent (release, 12/14).

Do you favor/oppose the U.S. signing a binding global treaty at the Copenhagen meeting that would require the U.S. to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
Favor     55 percent
Oppose  38

The thing is, if you're against solutions to global warming, then what are you for?  Continued dependence on foreign oil and other polluting fossil fuels?  Continuing to fund the construction of obscenely humongous castles in Saudi Arabia, the machismo of Venezuela's Chavez, and Iran's human rights violations; not to mention governments that support terrorists?

More and more people seem to be realizing that the types of solutions needed to solve global warming also solve many other of our most important societal problems, from our slumping economy, to our dependence on oil and its related ills, to public health problems like childhood asthma, to terrorism. 

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