Majorities in Almost Every State Favor Cleaning up Coal

November 4, 2015

majoritypowerplanYale Project on Climate Change Communication:

On October 23rd, President Obama’s signature climate change program The Clean Power Plan was entered into the Federal Register. Almost immediately, 26 US states sued to stop the policy, which sets strict limits on coal-fired power plants. However, according to our model of state-level public opinion (Yale Climate Opinion Maps, 2014), a majority of the public in 23 out of the 26 states filing suits actually support setting strict limits on coal-fired power plants. Across all 26 suing states, 61% of the public supports the policy, ranging from 73% public support in New Jersey to 43% in Wyoming and West Virginia. Across all 26 suing states, only 38% of the public on average opposes the policy.
America’s history of controversy over climate change and the legal and political challenges to the Clean Power Plan might suggest that the nation is divided over regulating carbon dioxide from coal-fired power plants. Our research finds the opposite: a large majority of Americans overall support the approach. Our models find that a majority of Americans in almost every state support setting strict emission limits on coal-fired power plants.

One Response to “Majorities in Almost Every State Favor Cleaning up Coal”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    “Across all 26 suing states, 61% of the public supports the policy, ranging from 73% public support in New Jersey to 43% in Wyoming and West Virginia. Across all 26 suing states, only 38% of the public on average opposes the policy”.

    “…the legal and political challenges to the Clean Power Plan might suggest that the nation is divided over regulating carbon dioxide from coal-fired power plants. Our research finds the opposite: a large majority of Americans overall support the approach”.

    How can this be? How can there be such an uproar and kickback when the RESEARCH shows that the Clean Power Plan is ever so popular among Americans? Perhaps because the Governors, AG’s, and legislatures in the suing states are in the pocket of the fossil fuel interests? They are bought and paid for and don’t give a rat’s rear end what “the public” thinks? As long as enough of “the public” keep voting to keep these people in office, there is no real “support” for Clean Power or any other environmental initiative that interferes with corporate profits and the free market.

    Of course, that MAY begin to change if and when CAGW starts to stomp large parts of the country flat with increasing frequency. Be patient, folks—-if we’re lucky, it will get better after it gets worse first.


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