The results of a recent BBC poll (PDF) of more than 22,000 people in 21 countries found people around the globe are ready for their leaders to call upon them to take action on global warming:
Three-quarters of Americans say they favor energy/carbon taxes “if the revenues will be used to increase energy efficiency and develop alternative energy sources” (add the two adjacent bars together on the following chart):
Amazingly, the Chinese are even more bullish on energy/carbon taxes:
The majority in favour of raising energy taxes is much higher in China than in any other public polled: 85 percent say taxes on the types of energy that contribute to climate change should go up to discourage their use….
Support for raising taxes becomes almost unanimous (97%) when respondents are given the condition that the additional revenues would be used to increase energy efficiency and develop alternate sources of energy.
The public is ready. Where are the leaders?