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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 03:46 PM

Poll: Americans Back Climate Change Regulation, Not Taxes

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http://nicholasinstitute.duke.edu/news/poll-americans-back-climate-change-regulation-not-taxes
Poll: Americans Back Climate Change Regulation, Not Taxes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013

CONTACT: Erin McKenzie
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DURHAM, N.C. -- Now that President Obama has put climate change back on the table in his second inaugural address, a new national poll finds growing public support for regulating greenhouse gas emissions and requiring utilities to switch to lower-carbon fuel sources.

The percentage of Americans who think climate change is occurring has rebounded according to the Duke University national online survey, and is at its highest level since 2006. The study also finds that while Americans support regulating greenhouse gas emissions, they do not favor market-based approaches such as cap-and-trade or a carbon tax.

Sixty-four percent of Americans strongly or somewhat favor regulating greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, factories and cars and requiring utilities to generate more power from “clean” low-carbon sources.

Only 29 percent strongly support or somewhat support a carbon tax. Returning revenue to taxpayers through a $500 tax rebate only slightly increases support for a carbon tax, to 34 percent. The survey indicates that many Americans haven't formed an opinion about the cap-and-trade approach: although support is low, 36 percent are neither for nor against.



To review the study, visit http://nicholasinstitute.duke.edu/climate-change-poll

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OKIsItJustMe Feb 2013 OP
wtmusic Feb 2013 #1
OKIsItJustMe Feb 2013 #2
wtmusic Feb 2013 #3
OKIsItJustMe Feb 2013 #4
wtmusic Feb 2013 #5
OKIsItJustMe Feb 2013 #6
wtmusic Feb 2013 #7
OKIsItJustMe Feb 2013 #8

Response to OKIsItJustMe (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 04:28 PM

1. Duke University...Duke Energy...think there might be a connection?

Well, I'll be damned.

"Electrifying the Piedmont Carolinas: The Duke Power Company (1904-1997) is the story of how the well-known industrialist developed the production of electricity in the Carolinas and how, after his death, the company eventually expanded far beyond its original boundaries. It is being published by Carolina Academic Press in Durham, an independent scholarly press, and is expected to be in bookstores in late April.

"He was a very bright man," Durden said of Duke. "Essentially, his plan was to build hydroelectric plants that could be used to run textile mills, which he saw as the escape route from massive agrarian poverty."

By the time of Duke's death in 1925, more than a dozen power plants were completed. The primary founder of Duke University lived to see what he envisioned - that the larger part of the textile industry would in fact move from the North to the South, Durden said."

http://today.duke.edu/2001/03/durden309.html

So a "study", presented in press release format, from the heart of coal country from a university supported by the coal industry rejects a carbon tax. Hmm.

I'll put a little bit more credence in this one from Yale, which shows 56% approval:

http://www.carbontax.org/progress/opinion-polls/

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Response to wtmusic (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 04:30 PM

2. To review the study, visit http://nicholasinstitute.duke.edu/climate-change-poll

(Sorry I left that off.)

You would be looking for the “survey instrument.”
http://nicholasinstitute.duke.edu/Survey%20Instrument.pdf

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Response to OKIsItJustMe (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 04:37 PM

3. Waste of time, but thanks.

The only reason they would put out a press release is a shameless attempt to influence policy.

Looking forward to a study on the cause of the SuperBowl blackout

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Response to wtmusic (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 05:05 PM

4. You’re far too into conspiracies

They put out a press release for the same reason everyone else does.

They made the instrument available so you can check the validity of the survey.

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Response to OKIsItJustMe (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 05:10 PM

5. You need to learn the difference between a conspiracy and a conflict of interest

of which there is a clear one here.

Everyone else does? No legit academic paper is announced with a press release.

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Response to wtmusic (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 05:24 PM

6. “No legit academic paper is announced with a press release.”

That’s just BS, plain and simple.

Most of the postings you see on this board are the results of press releases. Either they’re from blog posts (written from press releases) or news stories (written from press releases) or the press releases themselves.

Sites like EurekAlert, ScienceDaily, and others are merely conglomerations of press releases.

Your posting, “Oil industry launches full-scale assault on ethanol, says it's "worse than tar sands"” (from AutoBlogGreen) is a blog posting, based on another blog posting.

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Response to OKIsItJustMe (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 05:31 PM

7. Not BS at all

Most of the postings on this board are not scientific studies, but news. The credence of the story is generally attributable to the credence of the source.

Two other concepts which really shouldn't be conflated.

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Response to wtmusic (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 05:33 PM

8. Most legitimate academic studies you hear about, you only hear about because of press releases.

I trust a press release from a major university, a lot more than I trust some random 5-generation blog reposting.

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