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MARIN COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
(415)868-1600 - (415)868-0502(fax) - P.O. Box 31, Bolinas, CA, 94924

January, 2007

 

Majority of Americans Fear Global Warming, Support Change

Washington, DC (November, 2006) -Earth Day Network (EDN) released a poll that has found a majority of Americans recognize the threat of climate change and want politicians to do something to reverse it. In the wake of the midterm elections in which Democrats took back the House and Senate, it is clear that the people have spoken - and that global warming is a high on their agenda.
Some key findings say a majority of Americans (58%) feel global warming will have a "great to extreme" impact on their children's future. Furthermore, roughly two out of three Americans agree that the US economy will be adversely impacted over the next ten years by global warming. More than half of Americans (55%) say it would be "very to extremely" beneficial to national security to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, and A majority of Americans (61%) say it is "very to extremely" important for their government leaders to require higher fuel efficiency standards in automobiles. And also of striking importance the poll found that "a majority of Americans (57%) agree that religious and faith groups should take a stand on global warming." This poll will be released in full on November 28th at noon EST.

"The findings from this poll show that the majority of Americans will not allow climate change to be continuously ignored," says Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network. "The American people have spoken - and they are concerned about curbing greenhouse gasses from our vehicles and energy sources. They are concerned about the future of their children and the role of faith in the future of the planet."

About Earth Day Network:
Earth Day Network, www.earthday.net, was founded by the organizers of the first Earth Day in 1970 and promotes environmental citizenship and year round progressive action worldwide. More than 500 million people participate in Earth Day civic activities, making it the largest secular civic event in the world. The 37th Earth Day will be celebrated on April 22, 2007.



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