Not a dollar: a third of voters are unwilling to spend anything to counter climate change

Most Americans are concerned about climate change, but that doesn’t mean they want to keep the account.

A poll released Wednesday by the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute found that 35% of registered voters surveyed were unwilling to spend their own money to “reduce the impact of climate change,” while 17% said they would agree. agree to intervene. $ 1 and $ 10 per month.

The results were practically the same as those of the institute. poll conducted in April showing that 35% were unwilling to spend even a dollar and 15% drew the line at $ 10.

At the same time, 71% said they were concerned about climate change versus 28% who said no, exposing what may be the biggest challenge to President Biden’s ambitious and costly plans to combat global warming by transforming the US economy and energy grid

“The latest CEI survey shows that while expressing concern about climate change is cheap, many Americans who say they are concerned about the issue will also not spend a single dollar a year on climate change policies,” said the president and CEO of CEI, Kent Lassman.

The survey also asked how much more respondents would be willing to pay annually for electricity and gasoline to address climate change, with similar results.

A plurality of 39% said they would not be willing to pay any extras, while 9% were willing to spend between $ 1 and $ 10 per year. Ten percent were willing to pay $ 91 to $ 100 a year, and 5% said they would spend $ 41 to $ 50.

“While humans are undoubtedly contributing to climate change, it remains true that costly regulations and mandates favored by climate alarmists pose a greater threat than the effects of our changing climate,” Lassman said. “Offsets are important and climate mitigation policies are no exception.”

The results of the poll conducted Sept. 23-27 with 1,200 registered voters mirrored those of a CEI poll released in May, indicating that Biden’s push to cut U.S. emissions has yet to move the needle. on climate spending with the public.

The poll also showed Biden’s job performance rating underwater, with 52% disapproval and 47% approval, but the president received higher marks on his handling of climate change, with 46% approval and 44. % disapproval.

The Biden administration’s agenda includes a transition to battery-powered electric vehicles, but only 25% of those surveyed said they were likely to spend extra money to replace their gasoline car with an electric vehicle, while 56% he said it was unlikely that he would. .

Voters also voiced disapproval of the Biden administration’s decision to impose stricter fuel economy standards, with 57% against and 25% in favor of the changes that the poll said would “limit the options of the car. consumer and would undermine vehicle safety. “

One of Biden’s first acts upon taking office was to re-enter the Paris climate accord, but the poll showed that a plurality of voters were wary of being placed at a global disadvantage.

The poll showed that 47% agreed that the United States “should only increase funding for climate change initiatives if other nations such as China, India and Russia agree to enforce the same regulations and laws that the United States follows.”

Under the non-binding Paris agreement, the US agreed to cut emissions by 26-28% by 2025 from 2005 levels, while China, the world’s largest emitter, has until 2030 to reach peak emissions. before reducing them.

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