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Our Own Agenda :: Energy & Climate

A YES! Take on What Americans Want
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President Barack Obama faces huge challenges as he takes office. But he's got one asset that is rarely mentioned. Large majorities of Americans agree on some of the most important issues of the day, from health care to foreign policy. “Ten Policies for a Better America” shows an agenda a majority supports—whether we vote red, blue, or some other political color.

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79%

Favor mandatory controls on greenhouse gas emissions.

76%
Believe that oil is running out
and a major effort is needed to replace it.


90%
Favor higher auto fuel efficiency standards.

75%
Favor clean electricity, even with higher rates.

72%
Support more funding for mass transit.


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ENERGY & CLIMATE

79% FAVOR MANDATORY CONTROLS ON GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS. ::
Gallup poll based on telephone interviews with 1,009 national adults, conducted Mar. 11-14, 2007. margin of sampling error is ±3 percentage points.
www.gallup.com/poll/27100/Most-Americans-Back-Curbs-Auto-Emissions-Other-Environmental-Proposals.aspx

76% BELIEVE THAT OIL IS RUNNING OUT AND A MAJOR EFFORT IS NEEDED TO REPLACE IT. ::
The poll of 14,896 respondents conducted by WorldPublicOpinion.org and managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) at the University of Maryland. Interviews were conducted in 16 nations. Result above reflects the response of U.S. interviewees.
www.worldpublicopinion.org/pipa/articles/btenvironmentra/474.php?nid=&id=&pnt=474

90% FAVOR HIGHER AUTO FUEL EFFICIENCY STANDARDS. ::
72% SUPPORT MORE FUNDING FOR MASS TRANSIT. ::
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted Feb. 20-24, 2008 among 1,508 adults.
http://people-press.org/reports/display.php3?ReportID=400

75% FAVOR CLEAN ELECTRICITY, EVEN WITH HIGHER RATES. ::
CBS News/New York Times Poll. April 20-24, 2007. N=1,052 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.
www.pollingreport.com/energy.htm



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Sarah van Gelder wrote this article as part of Purple America, the Fall 2008 issue of YES! Magazine. Research by Noah Grant. Sarah is executive editor and Noah is editorial assistant at YES! Magazine.Photos of Sarah van Gelder and Noah Grant
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