Americans Willing to Fight Global Warming
WASHINGTON An overwhelming majority of Americans think they can help reduce global warming and are willing to make the sacrifices that are needed, according to a new poll.
After years of controversy, now 71 percent of Americans believe global warming is real, according to a telephone survey of 1,200 people for the advocacy group Environmental Defense. Conducted between Feb. 27 and March 2, the poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points and was conducted by the firm Ayres, McHenry & Associates, which predominantly polls for Republican candidates.
The results include:
-- 53 percent believe warming is caused more by human activity than by normal Earth cycles.
-- 70 percent think the effects of global warming can be reduced.
-- 59 percent think their efforts as individuals can make a difference in global warming.
-- At least 90 percent are willing to take the following steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions: recycle, turn thermostats down in the winter by 2 degrees, caulk around windows, and combine driving tips when running errands.
-- Between 80 to 90 percent are willing to take these energy-saving actions: wash clothes in cold water, turn down hot water heater temperature, buy energy efficient light bulbs, buy energy efficient appliances, and buy energy efficient cars.
-- 70 percent are willing to drive less, and walk, bike, car-pool or take mass transit.
Source: Associated Press