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Fluctuating Concern About Global Warming

In 2015, Americans' concern about global warming is growing, but is still less than it was in 2006.

About 69 percent of adults say that global warming is either a “very serious” or “somewhat serious” problem, according to a new Pew Research Center poll, up from 63 percent in 2010. The level of concern has still not returned to that of a decade ago; in 2006, 79 percent of adults called global warming serious.
- David Leonhardt, Americans Are Again Getting More Worried About the Climate



2016 update:

Political strategists are paying attention to polls that show Americans expressing record- or near-record-high belief that global warming is happening. A March Gallup poll found that 64 percent of American adults worry “a great deal” or “a fair amount” about global warming, the highest number since 2008, and it found that a record 65 percent of Americans attribute global warming to human activity.

However, most polls asking voters to rank the importance of issues find that environmental concerns trail far behind concerns about jobs and the economy.

- Coral Davenport, Conservative to Fund Republicans Who Back Climate Change Action, NYT, June 29, 2016



2017 update:

Within moments of the inauguration of President Trump, the official White House website on Friday deleted nearly all mentions of climate change. The one exception: Mr. Trump’s vow to eliminate the Obama administration’s climate change policies, which previously had a prominent and detailed web page on whitehouse.gov.
...for advocates of climate change policy, it presented the first concrete sign that Mr. Trump remains, as he was on the campaign trail, skeptical and dismissive of the established science of human-caused climate change, and committed to blocking policies to curb it.
- CORAL DAVENPORT, With Trump in Charge, Climate Change References Purged From Website, NYT, JAN. 20, 2017


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