June 3, 2003
SURVEY FINDS AMERICANS WANT ACTION ON GLOBAL WARMING
EUGENE, Ore. -- More than 80 percent of Americans think the United States should reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new survey conducted at the University of Oregon.
The survey is especially timely as the U.S. Senate debates the National Energy Plan. Senators John McCain, R-Ariz., and Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., are co-sponsoring an amendment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through government regulation and a market-based trading system.
The survey data, compiled by the UO's Survey Research Laboratory, found that of those Americans who have heard of global warming (92 percent):
"One of the most surprising findings was the strong, bipartisan support for action," said Anthony Leiserowitz, the study's principal investigator. "Clear majorities of Republicans and Democrats, Conservatives and Liberals said they support national policies to address global warming. With the Senate now debating the issue, decisions that will affect us all for generations to come are in the balance."
Funded by the National Science Foundation, the mail survey of 673 adults was conducted between November 2002 and February 2003.
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