"February 14 News: 65 Percent Support ‘Significant Steps’ By President To Tackle Climate Change"
A new poll from the League of Conservation Voters found 61 percent of Americans say “the effects of climate change are already affecting them personally or will in their lifetime.” [LCV]
Nearly two-thirds of voters (65%) support “the President taking significant steps to address climate change now” including:
- 89% of Democrats, 62% of Independents and 38% of Republicans
- 60% of whites, 76% of Hispanics and 86% of African-Americans
- 70% of voters under 40 and 62% of voters over 40
Bolstering this desire for action is the intensely held value that Americans have a moral obligation to future generations to leave them a planet that is not polluted or damaged. Nearly everyone (93%) agrees with this, and 67% strongly agree.
Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) will roll out legislation to impose fees on greenhouse gas emissions today. The bill faces grim prospects of becoming law, but is part of a wider push to open political space on the issue. [The Hill]
Shortly after noon yesterday, police began arresting participants in civil disobedience action outside the White House, protesting the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. [WaPo]
Fuels America released a new tongue-in-cheek campaign yesterday, featuring polar bears, birds, and assorted Americans expressing their affection for the oil industry. [Fuels America]
The Environment and Public Works Committee held a briefing on Wednesday, featuring four of the nation’s leading climate scientists, to address the latest findings in climate science research. [Climate Central]
President Obama’s proposed “Energy Security Trust” would alternative energy projects with revenue from oil and gas royalties that the federal government collects from companies that drill on federal land. [NYTimes]
Thirty firms and organizations have written to European policy-makers urging them to vote in favor next week of a plan to support the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme, which has sunk to record lows. [Reuters]
Global wheat prices are close to bottoming out, and may rise in coming months due to the lingering drought in the United States, plus smaller crops in exporting countries such as Australia and Russia and Argentina. [WSJ]
According to the European Space Agency’s MetOp weather satellite, the ozone hole over the Antarctic is the smallest it’s been in the last decade. [HuffPo]
Air pollution is the fifth leading cause of death in India after high blood pressure, indoor air pollution, tobacco smoking and poor nutrition, according to the Centre for Science and Environment’s analysis of government data and the Global Burden of Disease report on India. [Times of India]