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And they want the government to do something about it

Researchers at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University conducted a survey that shows three out of four Americans believe in global warming and want the government to establish laws to stop it.


The survey was funded by the National Science Foundation and administered in June 2010 by Woods Institute Senior Fellow Jon Krosnick, a professor of communication and political science at Stanford University. From June 1-7, 1,000 randomly selected American adults were chosen to participate in the survey via telephone interviews. 

According to the June 2010 survey, 74 percent of Americans think the Earth's temperature probably has been heating up over the last 100 years, and 75 percent think human activity is the reason why. 

"Several national surveys released during the last eight months have been interpreted as showing that fewer and fewer Americans believe that climate change is real, human-caused and threatening," said Krosnick. "But our new survey shows just the opposite."

While the number of people who believe in global warming has increased, Krosnick says there are people who do not trust climate scientists and they "base their conclusions on their personal observations of nature." According to Krosnick, 2008 was the coldest year since 2000 in terms of average Earth temperature, and these "low-trust individuals were especially aware of the recent decline in average world temperatures" and "they were the ones in our survey whose doubts about global warming have increased since 2007."

"Our surveys reveal a small decline in the proportion of people who believe global warming has been happening, from 84 percent in 2007 to 74 percent today," said Krosnick. "Statistical analysis of our data revealed that this decline is attributable to perceptions of recent weather changes by the minority of Americans who have been skeptical about climate scientists."

The survey also included questions concerning the "climategate" controversy, where thousands of e-mails and other documents were leaked from the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit. Only nine percent of American's said they knew about this controversy and that it caused them to distrust climate scientists. Despite all the skeptics, there has been no decline in trust for environmental scientists.

Krosnick believes that the decline in proportion of people is likely temporary, and the skeptics will probably join the majority who think global warming is real if the Earth's temperature begins to rise again.

Out of those respondents who believe global warming exists, 86 percent want the government to "limit the amount of air pollution that businesses emit," 76 percent of respondents want government limitations on greenhouse gas emissions "generated by businesses" and 14 percent think the government should not take action at all unless other countries like China and India do so as well. Though, in the UK, Professor Seamus Garvey at the University of Nottingham has designed a plan to power the UK completely by renewable energy by 2030 through the use of off-shore energy farms.

Other survey results include four out of five participants wanting the government to offer tax breaks to encourage more fuel efficient vehicles, 84 percent want tax breaks for utilities that use more green methods for power generation, and 80 percent want more energy efficient appliances.

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By Daniel8uk on 6/14/2010 1:13:45 PM , Rating: 4
Please Americans, go back to the early days, you guys and girls were great then. The flag that waved for freedom and the great American dream etcetera etcetera.

Now the whole country is just a bloated mess of stupidity, arrogance, warmongering, and scaremongering.

By Luticus on 6/14/2010 1:41:30 PM , Rating: 2
yea... we have our moments >;)~

By bhougha10 on 6/14/2010 2:00:03 PM , Rating: 5
I'm from the USA and generally agree with this statement. But, we need to make clear here that it's the government that is causing this. We need to get rid of both parties and start over. Both parties have sold us to China and countinue to let socialism take hold and destroy us from the inside out. It's the people of this country that make this country great, even still. It's just hard to get past the politicians that are payed off in pork.

Funny thing is, as stupid as our country is, your's is probably 10 times more so. Kinda ironic isn't it. You look at how bad the USA is and can't see how bad it is at home. I might be wrong, maybe you do see how bad it is at home.

By phantom505 on 6/14/2010 6:06:49 PM , Rating: 1
Socialism isn't the problem. The problem is the unwillingness for people to understand that the world changes, and therefore needs change.

It's poor management that dooms us. Go read Collapse by Jared Diamond. Then go spew antisocialism nonsense, as if it's the problem.

By bhougha10 on 6/15/2010 9:26:44 AM , Rating: 2
Socialism is the root of all laziness. As Money is the root of all evil. Read all the books you want and tell yourself differently, there is no example of socialism bringing about prosperity. It only breads entitled lazy people and hence no motivation to better ones self. Money motivates and handouts demotivate. Call laziness and money both evil, but if you want a more prosperous country don't go with laziness.
Socialism will make you feel better when it is firt implimented, but in a few short years, you will all be worse off then you started.

By Danish1 on 6/15/2010 7:29:31 AM , Rating: 2
That's just an excuse, You Americans are responsible for voting the politicians into office you do and that means the American people hasn't been great for a long time now.

No offense meant and I'm not saying it's any better here, it's not, our government is also only going in one direction, bigger and more bloated, and just like over there once a government bone has been handed out it's pretty much political suicide to try to do away with it, no one wants to lose their own bones.

"Me first for I am > the greater good" is the trademark of the west these days.

By Dr of crap on 6/14/2010 3:08:31 PM , Rating: 2
It's the stupid media and the whole of the people believe whatever they say. Of course there is the stupid people factor as well. I truely believe that we as a whole group have a lowed IQ than we did 20 years ago. And with the increase in population we only get stupider!!!

By jimbojimbo on 6/14/2010 3:26:35 PM , Rating: 2
Don't forget lazier and fatter every year. Why work if you can just vote for someone to give you things for free?

By phantom505 on 6/14/2010 6:09:12 PM , Rating: 2
Well the unemployment rate is 10% yet gas is in the pump, food is in the market, hospitals are open, utilities are on.

So are you telling me we need them? For what?

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