Action needed on climate: poll
August 1, 2013
Budget concerns do not deter Californians when it comes to environmental issues like global warming and its causes.
A recent poll by the Public Policy Institute of California shows that residents of the Golden State think it is time now for meaningful solutions and action, and a shaky economy is not an acceptable reason for delay.
A record-high majority of 65 percent of registered voters agree that reduction of greenhouse gases must occur in a timely manner, and a thin majority of those polled favor construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
But fracking — the practice of injecting water into the ground to “mine” natural gas and oil — is disliked by a wide margin of those polled. Offshore oil drilling also gets a thumbs-down.
Not surprisingly, Californians also enthusiastically endorse hybrid automobiles, alternative commute methods, and new energy sources.