My cursory analysis of several recent polls has found that lack of Republican knowledge/concern about environmental issues skews the polls considerably. New data coming out of a Gallup/USA Today poll seems to support that hypothesis (H/T Ben Geman). While environment/climate ranks above issues like the war in Afghanistan and comparably to the federal budget deficit and terrorism among Democrats, it is hardly a concern at all among Republicans:
And it is also worth noting, that while the environment and climate change constituted the issue of least concern in this particular poll, each of the other issues would be impacted significantly by clean energy legislation.
The economy and unemployment would both be positively impacted by the job-creation potential of clean energy legislation.
Overall healthcare costs would be reduced if the massive impact on public health associated with coal-fired electricity generation were reduced due to clean energy legislation.
Clean energy legislation would reduce the federal budget deficit by tens of billions of dollars.
Reducing our dependence on oil would lessen the capacity of terrorists, including those who attacked the United States on September 11th prompting the invasion of Afghanistan.
Of the seven problems the poll asked about, environment/climate is the only one that would help to solve all of the others.
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