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Public Opinion Issue Intensity Leans Republican, Except When it Comes to the Environment

September 7, 2010 by Tim Hurst

In 9 of 15 issues examined in a recent AP-GfK Poll (pdf), more Americans who expressed intense interest in an issue voiced strong opposition to Obama's work on it, including the economy, unemployment, federal deficits and terrorism.Respondents were about evenly split over the president's efforts on five issues and strongly approved of...[read more]

Save the World or Beat China? How to Sell Cleantech Investment to America

June 14, 2010 by Christopher Williams

Many of the issues we face with renewable energy and clean tech in general are technological problems, but I would argue many more of them have to do with framing the issues and convincing people to change. Technology won’t do it by itself, the adoption and change of behavior will be the hard part. We can learn a lot of lessons...[read more]

Public Still Believes in Climate Change

June 11, 2010 by Breakthrough Institute

The majority of Americans do believe that Earth's climate is warming and they want the government to take action, according to Stanford Professor Jon Krosnick and his Political Psychology Research Group, but they still don't want to pay higher taxes. These findings echo Breakthrough's own social values research demonstrating strong...[read more]

Post BP Disaster: Support grows for comprehensive energy bill that makes carbon polluters pay

June 9, 2010 by Joseph Romm

As the BP oil disaster drags on, the public’s desire for clean energy investments and increased oversight of corporate polluters has greatly intensified.  CAP’s Daniel J. Weiss and intern Ariel Powell have the important data and charts from a major new poll. The League of Conservation Voters commissioned a poll by the Benenson...[read more]

Boycotting Anti-Nuclear Activist Companies & Celebrities

June 6, 2010 by John Wheeler

  Podcast – download the MP3 File Here During a recent conversation over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a friend asked if anyone in the group was boycotting BP.  This led to a lively discussion about the effectiveness of boycotts and the inevitable question, “Who do you boycott?” Before I answer that question, I want to make...[read more]

Support for offshore oil drilling, dirty energy production gets dispersed by BP oil disaster

May 28, 2010 by Joseph Romm

In the wake of the largest oil disaster in U.S. history, two just released polls by USA Today/Gallup show that Americans are increasingly skeptical of increased offshore drilling.  In the one month since the April 20th explosion at the Deepwater Horizon rig, support for more offshore drilling has dropped by nearly 20 percent – a...[read more]

US: thumbs up for offshore drilling

May 24, 2010 by Lou Grinzo

At least that’s what a CNN poll says: 57% strongly or mildly still favor offshore drilling? Ouch. I bring this up to make an uncomfortable point about the level of disconnect between what we energy and enviro geeks obsess about and what jiggles the needle for mainstreamers. There’s a disturbing and tiresome tendency for all of us to...[read more]

Opinion polls underestimate Americans’ concern about the environment and global warming

May 13, 2010 by Joseph Romm

When asked “What do you think is the most important problem facing the country today?” about 49 percent of respondents answered the economy or unemployment, while only 1 percent mentioned the environment or global warming. But when asked, “What do you think will be the most serious problem facing the world in the future if nothing...[read more]

Swift action unlikely on climate bill

May 12, 2010 by Dan Yurman

President Obama has a better chance with banking reform than he does saving the planet Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., introduced today a nearly 1,000 page climate and  energy bill which hit the Senate floor with a resounding thud. Despite a politically savvy Christmas tree of political appeals to various energy and environmental...[read more]

An informed public is key to acceptance of nuclear energy

May 3, 2010 by Barry Brook

Guest post by DV82XL. He is a Canadian chemist and materials scientist (and regular, valued commenter on BNC). For his previous article on the 2010 Nuclear Security Summit, see here. Governments are coming to recognize nuclear power as an attractive option because of its near absence of carbon dioxide emissions and the...[read more]

Why public support is thin for nuclear energy

April 27, 2010 by Dan Yurman

The New York Times points out it’s visibility is cloaked by the faults of a few plants Here’s a startling and trenchant thought that advocates for nuclear energy need to take to heart. It appeared in the New York Times April 21st. “The nuclear industry is just so far removed from people’s lives, they don’t have much feeling for it,”...[read more]

Gallup Gets It Wrong with Economy vs. Environment Poll

March 18, 2010 by Tim Hurst

If you had to choose between feeding either your son or your daughter, which one would you pick? Which do you give greater priority to, having gas in your car’s fuel tank or tires on your car’s wheels? Which is more important to have in your home, running water or electricity? Tough questions, right? Not only are they tough, they also...[read more]

Gallup Poll: Americans’ Concern for Environment at 20 Year Low

March 16, 2010 by Tim Hurst

Poll finds Americans are now less worried about a series of environmental problems than at any time over the past 20 years Fresh on the heels of a Gallup poll showing Americans’ declining concern for global warming, the 75-year-old public opinion research organization today published more findings that Americans are growing less...[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Clean Energy R&D Top Policy Response Finds Yale Poll

February 5, 2010 by Breakthrough Institute

At long last, here's your Friday Factoid for the week:Yale just released the latest iteration of their "Climate Change and the American Mind" tracking polls. Once again (this has been a consistent finding), the poll shows funding for more research on renewable energy is the most popular policy response to climate change across all...[read more]

American Voters Prefer Carbon Tax over Cap-and-Trade, 2 to 1

February 3, 2010 by Tim Hurst

Survey shows that American voters prefer a straight carbon tax over cap-and-trade as a policy option to address climate change. As the climate policy debate heats up again on the Senate floor, there has been lots of talk about whether a cap-and-trade to control greenhouse gas emissions–one similar to the House’s American Clean Energy...[read more]