By Jeff McMahon

Americans want the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gases, preferring EPA regulation far more than a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade program, according to a Harvard political scientist who has conducted a comprehensive survey of attitudes toward energy and climate for the last 12 years.

Experts view EPA regulation as the least efficient way to curb greenhouse gas emissions, but Americans readily accept EPA’s role, Harvard Government Professor Stephen Ansolabehere said during a December appearance at the University of Chicago.

“People accept the EPA power to cap carbon emissions. They support giving EPA the power to do that,” Ansolabehere told climate scientists, physicists, economists and public-policy experts gathered by The Energy Policy Institute of Chicago (EPIC).

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