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TDS Co-Editor Ruy Teixeira: Public Wants Action on Global Warming

Conservative political leaders remain in denial regarding global warming. But the public is clearly not buying their efforts to discredit the growing evidence to the contrary. As TDS Co-Editor Ruy Teixeira reports in his June 14 ‘Public Opinion Snapshot’::

Conservatives…have been pointing to some polls that purport to show increasing public skepticism about global warming. But new Roper data released by Stanford University show that the public, when asked a straightforward question about whether global warming “has probably been happening,” endorses the idea that global warming is real by an overwhelming 74-24 margin.

And the public is equally-convinced that it’s time to do something about it, reports Teixeira:

…In the same poll, a query about whether the government should “limit the amount of greenhouse gases that U.S. businesses put out” yielded a thumping 76-20 majority in favor of such limits.

Nor is the conservative myth-mongering about action against global warming being a job-killer getting any traction, says Teixeira:

…Just 18 percent accept that argument, while 50 percent think such action will actually produce more jobs (another 31 percent say no effect).

This one is clearly a winner for Democratic candidates, as Republican global-warming deniers bury their heads deeper in the sand, while the public calls for action.

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