Thursday, September 15, 2016

Poll:  Americans Favor Slightly Higher Bills to Fight Warming

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Most Americans are willing to pay a little more each month to fight global warming — but only a tiny bit, according to a new poll.  Still, environmental policy experts hail that as a hopeful sign.

Seventy-one percent want the federal government to do something about global warming, including 6 percent who think the government should act even though they are not sure that climate change is happening, according to a poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago.

And those polled said they'd be willing to foot a little of that cost in higher electric bills.

If the cost of fighting climate change is only an additional $1 a month, 57 percent of Americans said they would support that.  But as that fee goes up, support for it plummets.  At $10 a month, 39 percent were in favor and 61 percent opposed.  At $20 a month, the public is more than 2-to-1 against it.

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