New Poll: Most Americans Willing to Pay to Curb Climate Change

061714USCapitol_OrigMost Americans say they would be willing to pay more for energy if it meant reducing carbon emissions, according to a new poll by Bloomberg News. The poll, which was conducted just days after the Environmental Protection Agency announced new plans to reduce carbon emissions from power plants, found that 62 percent of Americans would be willing to pay more for energy. compared with 33 percent who said they would not. While the vast majority of Democrats are willing to pay more (82 percent), Republicans were split: forty-six percent were willing to pay more, and 49 percent were not.

Americans by 2 to 1 Would Pay More to Curb Climate Change

Lisa Lerer, Contributor to Bloomberg News
Americans are willing to bear the costs of combating climate change, and most are more likely to support a candidate seeking to address the issue.
By an almost two-to-one margin, 62 percent to 33 percent, Americans say they would pay more for energy if it would mean a reduction in pollution from carbon emissions, according to the Bloomberg National Poll.
While Republicans were split, with 46 percent willing to pay more and 49 percent opposed to it, 82 percent of Democrats and 60 percent of independents say they’d accept higher bills.
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Image credit: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

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