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Poll Shows Support For Global Warming Laws Drop If Gas Or Electricity Prices Rise


Beginning next year oil companies must produce lower emission transportation fuels or buy emission credits through the state’s cap and trade program.

While 76 percent of Californians support the law, support declines to 39 percent if gas prices rise.

The law that requires a third of California’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2020 garners 76 percent support as well, but if electricity prices rise, the support drops to 46 percent.

Still PPIC President Mark Baldassare says overall, most Californians believe global warming is a threat.

“Despite whatever partisan divide there is on this issue, despite whatever economic concerns, Californians feel that global warming is a serious issue and it’s an issue that needs to be dealt with,” says Baldassare.

The poll also found that many Californians are unaware of the state’s cap and trade program, which sets limits on carbon dioxide emissions. 

Amy Quinton

Former Environment Reporter

Amy came to Sacramento from New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) where she was Environment Reporter. Amy has also reported for NPR member stations WFAE in Charlotte, WAMU in Washington D.C. and American Public Media's "Marketplace."  Read Full Bio 

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