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July 22, 2019

Two-thirds of Americans concerned about consequences of climate change following federal report

December 6, 2018
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Roughly two-thirds of Americans are concerned about climate change and its potentially dire consequences following a recent federal government report, according to a new poll released Thursday.

A POLITICO/Morning Consult poll found that 67% of voters are either very or somewhat concerned about the findings of the report. Another 58% also agree that human activity has played a role.

The damning federal government report about the likely economic and societal impacts of climate change was released a day after Thanksgiving.

President Trump has openly dismissed the report, compiled by more than 300 scientists and 13 federal agencies, and said last week that his “high levels of intelligence” led him to question the findings.

World leaders and diplomats are gathered in Poland this week for the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or COP24, to hammer out rules to help guide the 2015 Paris climate agreement into a reality.

Last year, Trump pulled the U.S. out of the accord. The Trump administration did not send any senior officials to this year’s gathering, instead representatives from states and U.S. businesses joined a delegation of working-level staffers.

In the poll, which asked voters how much trust they placed in a range of entities or groups on the climate, 31% of Republicans said they had “a great deal” of trust in Trump on climate change, while 26% of GOP supporters said the same of scientists.

Only 14% of overall voters said they placed “a great deal” of trust in Trump on climate change — less than a third of the 43% who place the same level of trust in scientists on the matter.

Overall acceptance of humanity’s impact on the environment coincides with a major push from young progressive Democrats and their so-called “Green New Deal.”

The ambitious plan to wean the U.S. off fossil fuels, boost renewable energy jobs and build a “smart” power grid is a cornerstone of New York Rep-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s platform.

The 58% of people who say climate change is being caused by human activity greatly outnumber the 30% who say it’s a natural phenomenon. Only 4% believe climate change is not happening, while 8% remain undecided.

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