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According to Focus Earth, astounding results in a poll conducted by ABC News,
Planet Green, and Stanford University, “puts a whole new spin on American
environmentalism”. Every black cloud has a silver lining. The black cloud of
energy costs and gas prices has produced a silver lining of mass consciousness-
raising over global warming, the health of our planet, and our own personal
carbon footprints. Albeit it economically driven, I will certainly take having
people wake up and smell the coffee due to a stressed bank account instead of a
terminally ill planet. Surveyed from all over the nation, here are some of the
results:

*    80%  – Americans who accept global warming as fact

*    73%  – It is a threat to today’s children

*    63%  – People and industry are to blame

What to do?

*    7 out of 10 are trying to reduce their carbon footprint

*    78%  – Support stricter efficiency standards for vehicles

*    63%  – Favor offshore drilling in protected areas (thanks to $4 a gal gas)

However there seems to be a great divide between party lines and gender around
the question: In favor of the expansion of nuclear energy:

*    60%  – Republicans

*    33%  – Democrats

*    60%  – Men

*    29% – Women

Finally, while a wide margin of Americans said they are more likely to support
a presidential candidate who is a strong environmentalist, only 41% described
themselves as an enviromentalist. (Ah! Come on now! Don’t be modest! Stand up
with the rest of us “tree-huggers”, be counted!) (That’s the way, uhn, uhn, I
like it!)

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  1. passionategreen Says:

    I saw this episode. I was so surprised that only 73% of the people they surveyed believe that global warming is a threat to today’s children. When is everyone going to wake up?! Maybe the other 27% were all members of the Bush administration.

    passionategreens last blog post..T.G.I.F. (Think Green – It’s Friday!)

  2. Barbara Says:

    Hi Linda,

    Very interesting stats here.. Hopefully people will start to wake-up soon…well I think they are gradually!

    Barbaras last blog post..Relax With Barbara on Wednesday 2

  3. Linda Says:

    Hi Passionategreen… You bet your sweet bippy! LOL

    Hi Barbara … They are waking up and see is believing!

  4. meredith Says:

    Everyone will jump on board with environmentalism if it saves them money and appears to effect them directly. Light bulbs, gas milage, water waste in the home. But there is far less enthusiasm when it complicates their life, makes them uncomfortable, or means making sacrifices. The # 1 ecological problem in America is consumerism. Americans shop as if it is a recreational sport. We have been told that who we are is what we have. No one NEEDS 30 pairs of shoes, 6 TVs, or a years supply of food in their cupboards! Even a 30% reduction of consumerism in the USA would make a huge difference since America is currently purchasing 50% of the works consumer goods. 50% for 5% of the worlds population! There is really something seriously wrong with those numbers!

    P.S. More oil is NOT the solution! Offshore drilling will NOT solve the problem, we won’t even see that tiny bit of oil for 15 mre years! I sure hope we have found better solutions before then!!!!!!

    merediths last blog post..Alone in the Mountains with Thunder

  5. meredith Says:

    Everyone will jump on board with environmentalism if it saves them money and appears to effect them directly. Light bulbs, gas milage, water waste in the home. But there is far less enthusiasm when it complicates their life, makes them uncomfortable, or means making sacrifices. The # 1 ecological problem in America is consumerism. Americans shop as if it is a recreational sport. We have been told that who we are is what we have. No one NEEDS 30 pairs of shoes, 6 TVs, or a years supply of food in their cupboards! Even a 30% reduction of consumerism in the USA would make a huge difference since America is currently purchasing 50% of the works consumer goods. 50% for 5% of the worlds population! There is really something seriously wrong with those numbers!

    P.S. More oil is NOT the solution! Offshore drilling will NOT solve the problem, we won’t even see that tiny bit of oil for 15 more years! I sure hope we have found better solutions before then!!!!!!

    merediths last blog post..Alone in the Mountains with Thunder

  6. Greener Pastures Says:

    Remember when feminism was moving forward? I don’t know how many women I remember saying ” I’m not a feminist, but women should be able to have their own credit cards, be paid the same wage, etc.”
    Like then, everyone knew it was the right thing to do. I think there is always a fear of the unknown, that we might lose more than we gain.

    nice post. stumbled.

  7. Linda Says:

    Hi Meredith … you make excellent points and Oil is not the solution we should be looking at! What we need is to look at air cars, biodiesel products, etc. It is just getting the information out!

    Hi Greener Pastures …. Thank you and what a great analogy you make. I believe that folks are scared that they really have to live like they did 30 years ago and they do not! Just read and learn!

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