Poll: Two-Thirds of Americans Want US to Join International Climate Pact
Republicans constantly drone on about climate change being fake and that Democrats are trying to advance their agenda through climate initiatives.
The New York Times/CBS poll revealed that two-thirds (63 percent) of Americans support climate change initiatives and would like to see the United States sign an international climate pact.
The Hill reports:
The poll and others like it have found support among people in the U.S. for policies to cut the amount of carbon dioxide and similar gasses being released into the atmosphere, and Monday’s findings show that that support extends even to international policy.
It stands in contrast to congressional Republicans, who are nearly united in their attempts to stop President Obama’s climate policies.
“It would obviously be irresponsible for an outgoing president to purport to sign the American people up to international commitments based on a domestic energy plan that is likely illegal, that half the states have sued to halt, that Congress has voted to reject and that his successor could do away with in a few months’ time,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wrote in a recent Washington Post piece.
In another poll out Monday, the Washington Post and CBS found a majority of Americans agree that climate change is a serious problem, but the numbers are declining.
Sixty-three percent of that poll’s respondents said climate change is serious, down from 69 percent in June.
At 81 percent, Democrats were far more likely in the Post poll to say that climate change is serious, compared with 43 percent of Republicans.
A slim majority of respondents, 51 percent, said there is “a lot of disagreement among scientists” about the existence climate change, down 11 points from 2009.
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