Overwhelming Majority Of Americans Support Clean Air, Tough EPA Standards

A majority of Americans don't agree with GOP attacks on the EPAMost Americans Support the EPA

A new bipartisan survey from the Public Policy Poll (PPP) released yesterday shows overwhelming support for updated clean air standards and CO2 mitigation, showing just how out or step the rank and file Congressional GOP is with their constituents.

Most Americans – 69 percent – support updated EPA standards for air pollution – only 16 percent are opposed.

Some other survey results:

  • 68 percent think that Congress should stop its attack and allow the EPA to update its standards – only 28 percent think attacking the EPA is a good idea.
  • 79 percent favor tighter limits on the release of Mercury from power and industrial plants. Only 18 percent are pro-Mercury. 79 minus 18 equals a 61-point difference.
  • 77 percent feel the same for smog from power, oil, and other large industrial operations.
  • And despite the mocking dismissal of science from the GOP, 77 percent of American support stricter limits on the amount of carbon dioxide emissions from large industrial facilities. Only 21 percent don’t.

The role of the government is to protect the commons. It’s role is to provide incentive for innovation, especially in the changing world of a new century. It’s role is to represent the will of the people.

Denying the EPA the resources and authority it needs give industry the guidelines it requires to help insure clean air and water is out of touch with the needs and will of Americans.

It’s downright un-American. Take that Glenn Beck.

Additional sources and reading:
Grist – The public trusts EPA, loves the Clean Air Act, and wants Congress to butt out

Thomas Schueneman
Thomas Schuenemanhttps://tdsenvironmentalmedia.com
Tom is the founder and managing editor of GlobalWarmingisReal.com and the PlanetWatch Group. His work appears in Triple Pundit, Slate, Cleantechnia, Planetsave, Earth911, and several other sustainability-focused publications. Tom is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

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  1. The real truth is that Americans no longer believe in global warming or climate change as the fake scientists insist. We know that a large amount of money is at stake because most democrat politicians invested in this scam. You must think people in this country are stupid. We are not stupid and will no longer be decieved by liars in the press.

    • “Fake scientists”? Really? First, read through this post again. It isn’t just about climate change or carbon emissions.
      Second, I don’t think Americans are stupid. Easily misled? Well, thanks for being a poster boy on that point, ’cause frankly, what is stupid is assertions that climate scientists are “fake”, or at least all of ’em someone has told you to think as such.
      But you believe want you want, I really couldn’t care less.


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