Climate Notes

Who is willing to pay more for renewable energy?

CLIMATE NOTE BY Matthew Goldberg, Seth Rosenthal, Abel Gustafson, John Kotcher, Edward Maibach, and Anthony Leiserowitz July 15, 2019 In our December 2018 Energy in the American Mind report, we found that a bipartisan majority (85%) of American registered voters support requiring electric utilities to transition to renewable energy, even though only 38% think that wind and solar cost less…
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Discussing Global Warming Leads to Greater Acceptance of Climate Science

Matthew H. Goldberg, Sander van der Linden, Edward Maibach, and Anthony Leiserowitz July 9, 2019 We are pleased to announce the publication of a new research article, “Discussing global warming leads to greater acceptance of climate science” in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.   There is an urgent need to engage Americans…
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Americans Underestimate How Many Others in the U.S. Think Global Warming is Happening

July 2, 2019 CLIMATE NOTE By Matthew Ballew, Matthew Goldberg, Parrish Bergquist, Seth Rosenthal, Abel Gustafson, John Kotcher, Edward Maibach, and Anthony Leiserowitz [span6] Perceptions of what other people think and do can have a powerful influence on individuals’ own beliefs and actions. For example, research on household energy conservation demonstrates that individuals who consume a large amount of energy tend…
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Do Americans understand how air pollution from fossil fuels harms health?

Most Americans (73%) are aware that air pollution from the use of fossil fuels harms the health of Americans. However, only about half (55%) are able to name even one such health impact, Additionally, the most frequently cited health impacts are general (e.g., breathing problems, respiratory illness) rather than specific (e.g., asthma). This according to…
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