It Ain’t Easy Being Green

Even in California. A survey of Californians released today suggests that support for anti-global warming measures is shallow at best.

Sixty-three percent of the 1,000 Californians surveyed said that they support the goal of reducing carbon emissions. But when they were asked to assume that cutting carbon would mean higher energy prices–which it obviously will–that support fell to 47 percent.

This is not surprising. Reducing carbon emissions will be popular until someone actually tries to do it, and the consequences become apparent. It’s a bit shocking that, as this survey suggests, a considerable number of people don’t understand that reducing carbon consumption means higher energy costs. Equally shocking is another of the survey’s findings: an astonishing 80 percent had not heard about California’s “landmark legislation,” enacted in 2006, that that requires a decline in global warming gases to 1990 levels by 2020.

More evidence that the idea of a groundswell of public support for radical environmental measures is a myth.

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