GALLUP: Americans: Economy Takes Precedence Over Environment
PRINCETON, NJ -- For the first time in Gallup's 25-year history of asking Americans about the trade-off between environmental protection and economic growth, a majority of Americans say economic growth should be given the priority, even if the environment suffers to some extent.
Gallup first asked Americans about this trade-off in 1984, at which time over 60% chose the environmental option. Support for the environment was particularly high in 1990-1991, and in the late 1990s and 2000, when the dot-com boom perhaps made economic growth more of a foregone conclusion.
The percentage of Americans choosing the environment slipped below 50% in 2003 and 2004, but was still higher than the percentage choosing the economy. Sentiments have moved up and down over the last several years, but this year, the percentage of Americans choosing the environment fell all the way to 42%, while the percentage choosing the economy jumped to 51%.
This is a stupid poll question. What does it mean to "take precedence"? And right now, people are just really worried about the crash right now. That doesn't mean their interest in protecting the environment has changed.
5. You can't have economic stability without environmental health
Going green is one of the best ways to stimulate the economy-and protect our health and our future. With the planet set to run out of all natural resources within 50 years and climate change happening faster than most scientists predicted, it truly is a case of "now or never' when it comes to saving life on earth.Those who say that it's a case of "either the economy OR the environment" are obviously working for fossil fuel dinosaurs and the banks that own them.
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