Republicans increasingly concerned over climate inaction

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Published on November 26, 2019 - Duration: 01:25s

Republicans increasingly concerned over climate inaction

The majority of Americans, including a growing share of moderate Republicans, are dissatisfied with U.S. government efforts to curb global warming, researchers said on Monday.

Jonah Green has more.


Republicans increasingly concerned over climate inaction

The majority of Americans are dissatisfied with U.S. government efforts to curb global warming - and that includes a growing share of moderate Republicans.

A survey by the Pew Research Center found that two-thirds of Americans said President Donald Trump’s administration was “doing too little” to reduce the effects of climate change.

Among those, 65% of moderate or liberal Republicans said the federal government was not doing enough to reduce the effects of global warming.

That’s up from 53% last year.

Since taking office, Trump has rolled backed Obama-era rules limiting planet-warming emissions from sectors of the economy such as electricity, transport, and oil and gas.

The Trump administration filed paperwork this month to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement, while his opponents have championed a “Green New Deal” that seeks to slash U.S. emissions within a decade.

On Tuesday the UN released a bleak report that showed global temperatures could rise sharply this century with “wide-ranging and destructive” consequences if nothing is done to stop rising emissions.

Greenhouse gas emissions hit record levels last year.

The Pew survey also found a correlation to age among respondents: while only 31% of those above 55 were displeased with government climate action, that number jumped to 52% among young Republicans.

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