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A new survey shows that the majority of people are willing to do their part to help the environment, even if it isn't easy

A new poll by BBC News provides perhaps the most comprehensive to date look at the current level of public awareness of environmental issues and public initiative to make sacrifices in hopes of fixing them.

The large study surveyed 22,000 people in 21 countries, including many in the two largest CO2 polluters, the U.S. and China.  Four out of five people stated they would probably be ready to make lifestyle changes to reduce emissions.

Taxes were a bit stickier issue.  Taxes on oil and coal enjoyed a smaller base of support, but still represented the majority opinion, with 50% for them and 44% opposed.  Many of the opposed stated that they would change their opinion to support if it could be guaranteed that the funds would be diverted to finance alternative energy or alternative energy research.

The total figures were that 83% of people either were ready or were probably ready to make sacrifices in their daily lives to help the environment.

People in the U.S. and Europe agreed that fuel prices would have to rise in order to get people to lower their consumption, as they are stuck in their ways.

Italy and Russia did not agree, as these countries are already experiencing dramatically fossil fuel costs.

South Korea, India, and Nigeria also showed smaller margins of support for higher energy costs, though the majority of responders still felt that higher costs would be needed to lower consumption.

Interestingly the Chinese were the most willing to support taxes on polluting fossil fuels.  A whopping 85% of Chinese surveyed supported taxes on fossil fuels to reduce reliance on them.

While experiencing many recent quality concerns, including tainted cancer drugs, China has been rapidly becoming a world leader in many technology sectors.  The results of this survey demonstrate that despite past problems the Chinese people have a strong desire for their country to develop into an environmental leader.

In total 22,182 people were interviewed in the following countries:

UK, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Egypt,France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, thePhilippines, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, and the United States.

Interviews occurred either face to face or via telephone between May 29 and July 26, 2007.

Increased public awareness can be attributed to a broad array of sources.  One is the mass media -- news channels have been increasing their environmental issue coverage.  Another source of awareness is simple observation. People see pictures of rainforests stripped bare and it becomes blatantly obvious the need to protect our planet.  The U.N. also can take some credit for its constant climate research, as well as research into other environmental topics, such as deforestation and biofuels

A little credit even can go to recent Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Al Gore, whose movie "An Inconvenient Truth" brought an increased public interest in environmental issues.

Regardlessly of who convinced these people that helping the environment was a good idea, that is the conclusion they have come to.  It appears that the majority of people finally are ready and eager for environmental change -- politicians listen up, these are thoughts of your constituents.

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sounds like...
By Moishe on 11/6/2007 1:59:01 PM , Rating: 2
Right up any government's alley. More justification for fleecing the citizens "for their own good".

The consumer loses, the government and the oil producers win.

I'm all for reducing oil consumption as long as it doesn't require us to have a reduction in lifestyle. If you raise the price of gas too much then I lose the freedom to live/work where I choose. Hell, let's just go all the way and let the government just tell me where to work, what to drive, what to say, and give me my allotted pay at the end of the week. That way they can just tell me I need $5 for gas + $20 for food and keep the rest. Ohh, and your BMI is too high Mr. Smith, we're reducing your food money to $15 because you obviously don't need more food.

Hate to break it to you folks who think that the environment is far more important than people. Sorry, but this is just a way for some people to get more rich off the backs of the people who do the actual work.

I think it's a crying shame that in order to be "GREEN" you must hurt the common man. Not make things more efficient. Not give people alternatives methods to get the same work done with less pollution... Just sit on the little guy until he's so dry that he gives up and becomes another chump sucking on mama welfare's teet.

RE: sounds like...
By Master Kenobi on 11/6/2007 2:10:51 PM , Rating: 2
Because individual people are relatively intelligent. Collectively people are extremely stupid. History has shown us this, and its not likely to stop anytime soon.

RE: sounds like...
By Moishe on 11/6/2007 2:16:15 PM , Rating: 2
yep... the collective is easier to control. Sad thing is democracy looks more and more like dictatorship.

RE: sounds like...
By Master Kenobi on 11/6/2007 2:47:47 PM , Rating: 2
The U.S. is a Republic just FYI. Democracy is pretty much Anarchy. True Democracy or Anarchy are disasters waiting to happen.

RE: sounds like...
By Hacp on 11/10/2007 12:12:22 AM , Rating: 2
The words democracy and republic have very broad meanings. The United States can fit into both categories.

RE: sounds like...
By Ringold on 11/6/2007 3:24:38 PM , Rating: 2
Just sit on the little guy until he's so dry that he gives up and becomes another chump sucking on mama welfare's teet

If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it.

Sad thing is democracy looks more and more like dictatorship.

" Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!" - B Franklin

"Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression. In our Governments the real power lies in the majority of the community, and the invasion of private rights is chiefly to be apprehended, not from acts of Government contrary to the sense of its constituents, but from acts in which the Government is the mere instrument of the major number of the Constituents." James Madison

"All of this has happened before. And it will happen again." - The Cylons

See? The Cylons know us better than we know ourselves..

RE: sounds like...
By Moishe on 11/7/2007 9:46:33 AM , Rating: 2
That is why the Cylons will win every time :) God bless the better-than-human robot overlords!

RE: sounds like...
By Ringold on 11/7/2007 2:26:59 PM , Rating: 2
Especially the Six's and Boomers. Conquer me any time.

"Young lady, in this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics!" -- Homer Simpson

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