Americans want Bush to work on climate change

As the G8 summit begins in Scotland, the Financial Times reports that 94 percent of Americans believe we should reduce greenhouse gas emissions and join with the rest of the world in fighting global warming.

According to the Program on International Policy Attitudes, which conducted the study, these results are nothing new.

"This is a common pattern among Americans in this debate," said Steven Kull, PIPA director. "They want the U.S. to do its share."

Regardless of Bush's assertion that joining the Kyoto Protocol would have "wrecked our economy," the PIPA survey found that 73 percent of Americans should join in the treaty.

In all, the poll found very reassuring numbers for everything from giving companies tax incentives to reduce emissions, increasing fuel economy for cars, and even incurring economic costs in order to fight global warming.

What's even more unsurprising, but much more frustrating, is that Bush still insists we need "more research" on global warming, thinly disguised code-words for "doing nothing."

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

Close
alternet logo

Tough Times

Demand honest news. Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis.