Climate change is a big issue all over the world, worrying to both governments and citizens. Pew Research Center conducted a new survey for climate change and what American citizens believe about the way the government is handling it.
65% of Americans say that the federal government is doing too little to reduce the effects of climate change. Citizens are dissatisfied not only with the way the government deals with climate change but also with protecting air and water quality and wildlife.
79% of the Americans say that the country should develop alternative sources of energy such as wind and solar for its energy supply. At the same time, 20% of the Americans say that the country should give priority to expanding the production of oil, coal, and natural gas. Also, 58% of Americans say that the government should encourage businesses and individuals to rely more on renewable energy.
The 90% of the Americans in order to be reduced the effects of global climate change, propose planting about a trillion trees around the world to absorb carbon emissions in the atmosphere.
84% of the US adults have another effective proposal in order to be reduced the effects of global climate change. The US adults support providing a business tax credit for carbon capture technology that can store carbon emissions before they enter the atmosphere.
63% of Americans say that climate change is affecting their local community a great deal or some while 37% of the Americans say climate change is impacting their own community not too much or not at all. Americans who live in different regions of the county believe similarly the same referring to the local impact of climate change. The 64% of those who live in the Northeast, South West say climate change is affecting their community a great deal or some. Those who live in the Midwest are slightly less likely to say this (58%).
70% of the citizens who live less than 25 miles from the coastline say climate change is affecting their local community a great deal or some. At the same time, 57% of those who live 300 miles or more from the coastline say climate change is affecting their local community at some extent.
The majority of US adults (90%) say that the government should plant about a trillion trees to absorb carbon emissions. 84% of US adults support the idea of providing a government tax credit to businesses for developing carbon capture/storage. 80% of the US adults demand from the government tougher restrictions on power plant carbon emissions, while 73% of the US adults support taxing corporations based on their carbon emissions. Lastly, 71% of the US adults demand from the government tougher fuel-efficiency standards for cars.
49% of the US adults think that human activity, such as the burning of fossil fuels, contributes a great deal to climate change. About two in ten (19%) say human activity contributes not too much or not at all to climate change.
The majority of Americans say that government regulations are needed to encourage reliance on renewable energy sources. More specifically, 58% of Americans say that government regulations are necessary to encourage businesses and consumers to rely more on renewable energy sources. 39% of the Americans think the private marketplace will encourage the use of renewable energy, without the need for government intervention.
The 90% of the Americans prefer more solar panel farms, the 83% demands more wind turbine farms, while 43% asks for more nuclear power plants. 40% of the Americans support the idea of more offshore oil and gas drilling, 37% like more hydraulic fracturing and 33% demands more coal mining.
The majority of the millennials in America prioritize the development of alternative energy sources.
Not to forget to mention that 67% of the Americans say that the government is doing too little to protect the water quality of rivers, lakes, and streams, while 65% believe the same for the protection of air quality.