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TDS Co-Editor Ruy Teixeira: Public Wants Action on Climate Change

Behind the high drama of the debate over health care reform, other progressive reforms are gaining momentum, despite being bounced to the back pages. In his latest ‘Public Opinion Snapshot‘ at the Center for American Progress web pages, TDS Co-Editor Ruy Teixeira has good news for supporters of legislative reforms to address climate change — new data from the Pew Research Center indicates that “public is ready to move forward in this area.” Says Teixeira:

First, the public rejects the idea that the United States should go alone in addressing climate change. By 56-32, they say that the United States “should join other countries in setting standards to address global climate change” rather than “set its own standards to address global climate change.”
Second, the public gives 50-39 support to “setting limits on carbon dioxide emissions and making companies pay for their emissions, even if it may mean higher energy prices” (emphasis added).

Teixeira concludes that “legislators should not rest on their laurels even if they succeed in passing health care reform. The public appetite for change is clearly broader than that.”

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