Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George
Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication
• Nearly all Americans (92%) say the president and the Congress should make developing sources
of clean energy a “very high” (31%), “high” (38%), or “medium” priority (23%). Very few say it
should be a low priority (8%).
• A large majority (77%) say global warming should be a “very high” (18%), “high” (25%), or
“medium” priority (34%) for the president and Congress. One in four (23%) say it should be a
• Six in ten Americans (61%) say the U.S. should reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions
regardless of what other countries do.
• A large majority of Americans (88%) say the U.S. should make an effort to reduce global
warming, even if it has economic costs. A plurality (44%) favors a medium-scale effort, even if it
has moderate economic costs. One in four (24%) supports a large-scale effort even if there are
large economic costs. And one in five (19%) supports a small-scale effort, even if it has small
• Americans say that corporations and industry (71%), citizens themselves (66%), the U.S.
Congress (60%), and the President (53%) should be doing more to address global warming.
• Majorities also support funding more research into renewable energy sources (73%), providing
tax rebates for people who purchase energy-efficient vehicles or solar panels (73%), regulating
CO2 as a pollutant (66%), eliminating all subsidies for the fossil-fuel industry (59%), and
expanding drilling for oil and natural gas off the U.S. coast (58%)
• These policies, however, have seen declining support over the past several years. Since 2008,
support for funding research on renewable energy sources is down 19 percentage points,
expanding offshore drilling is down 17 points, regulating CO2 as a pollutant is down 14 points,
and tax rebates for the purchase of energy-efficient vehicles or solar panels is down 12 points.
• Eight in ten (78%) say that in the future, the United States should use renewable energy sources
like solar, wind, and geothermal much more or somewhat more than we do today.
• Over half (54%) also say that in the future, the U.S. should use much less (26%) or somewhat
less (28%) fossil fuels than we do today.
• At least half of Americans say they would vote for a candidate who supports a revenue neutral
carbon tax, if it created more American jobs in the renewable energy and energy efficiency
industries (61% would support such a candidate), decreased pollution by encouraging companies
to find less polluting alternatives (58%), or was used to pay down the national debt (52%)...