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Poll: Coloradans’ Concern Over Climate Change ‘Boiling Over’

October 1, 2007

Denver, CO – New polls from a Republican polling firm find a large increase in the number of Coloradans concerned about climate change, and overwhelming support for increased use of clean energy. Public Opinion Strategies surveyed voters across the state and found the percentage of voters who view global warming as a "serious problem" has jumped 9 points since 2005, to 59 percent.

Dave Dittloff with the National Wildlife Federation says the increased concern crosses party lines and geographic regions.

"It's really a significant trend when a majority of Coloradans say, 'This is a problem and Colorado needs to do something about it.'"

The poll also found an overwhelming majority of registered Democrats, Republicans and Independents favor more clean energy, such as wind and solar power, over building more coal-fired power plants. Dan Grossman with Environmental Defense says that's good news for Colorado and the planet.

"The popular political opinion is following what the scientists are saying -- and that is, we have to act immediately and boldly in order to make sure that we stabilize the climate for future generations."

Dittloff adds heavier investment in renewable technologies would mean an economic boost for the state as well.

"We could create an economic competitive advantage by jumping into this arena now."

The National Wildlife Federation is one of the member groups of the Colorado Climate Action Network, which is proposing a plan to reduce global warming pollution to 1990 levels by 2020. The plan includes cleaner and more efficient cars, fuel, electricity and buildings.


Eric Mack/John Robinson, Public News Service - CO