Americans overwhelmingly believe that global warming is happening and that carbon emissions should be scaled back. But fewer are sure that the changes will harm them personally. New data released by the Yale Program on Climate Communication gives the most detailed view yet of public opinion on global warming.
In every congressional district, a majority of adults supports limiting carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired power plants. But many Republicans in Congress (and some Democrats) agree with President Trump, who this week may move to kill an Obama administration plan that would have scaled back the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Nationally, about seven in 10 Americans support regulating carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants — and 75 percent support regulating CO2 as a pollutant more generally. But lawmakers are unlikely to change direction soon.
The Maps below show that while a vast majority of Americans believe climate change is real and will harm our country and citizens, they don't think it will happen to them. It is very short-sighted for so many people to believe that if they don't live on a coast with rising sea levels, they are somehow isolated from the negative effects of #globalwarming and #climatechange. As Trump would say, "Sad"!
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