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Poll: Demand for Climate Change Action Crosses Party Lines

PHOTO: Just weeks after the midterm election, a new Sierra Club poll finds the majority of voters in some key battleground states want policymakers to support efforts to protect communities from climate change. Photo credit: click/morguefile.com
PHOTO: Just weeks after the midterm election, a new Sierra Club poll finds the majority of voters in some key battleground states want policymakers to support efforts to protect communities from climate change. Photo credit: click/morguefile.com
November 24, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Some Missouri leaders have voiced outspoken opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants, but a new poll indicates a majority of voters don't share those views.

Melissa Williams, national political director with the Sierra Club, says the group's new post-election poll of voters in six key states finds, regardless of who they supported in the 2014 midterm election, most want congressional action to address climate change.

"Support for this plan is extremely high," says Williams. "It includes large majorities of Independents and many Republicans. It's clear the voters want action on this, and they support the President's plan and that means the Senate should get behind that as well."

The EPA's Clean Power Plan calls for a 20 percent reduction in carbon emissions from power plants by 2030. Some have argued that the regulations are costly, but others have said the new rules would help the economy. The Department of Energy says Missouri has been steadily increasing clean energy manufacturing, renewables and energy-efficiency technologies across the state.

Voters in Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Pennsylvania were surveyed. Williams says the results are a solid representation of how various regions of the country feel about action on climate change.

"Of course, every state is different, but the numbers across theses states are so consistent I don't think it would be markedly different in other places," Williams says.

In each state polled, Williams says they found at least 63 percent of voters favor candidates who accept the scientific facts about climate change over those who do not. She adds the results send a strong message to Congress.

"Folks who think it's unnecessary are ignoring what's happening around them," she says. "Our climate has changed and this is something that we don't have a lot of time to wait on."

The public comment period on the EPA's Clean Power Plan ends December first.

Mona Shand, Public News Service - MO