September 14, 2016
More than 80% of Americans support U.S. climate goals
By Benjamin Hulacvia ClimateWire
A strong majority of Americans think the United States should meet its obligations under the Paris climate agreement, though they doubt nations abroad will uphold their end of the bargain, according to an Associated Press and University of Chicago poll released today.
The survey found that 80 percent of Americans want the United States to try to cut its emissions, as the deal requires, even if foreign nations, such as India and China, do not.
Hardly any of those polled think China and India will follow through on their pledges from Paris to reduce carbon emissions — at just 7 and 6 percent, respectively.
"Eighty-two percent of the people believe that the United States should follow through on their Paris commitments no matter what other countries are doing," said Michael Greenstone, director of the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago, which conducted the poll...