Americans are concerned about global warming

The verdict is out.  Americans are concerned about global warming. 

It comes as no surprise that the people around us know the dangers of rising temperatures and unregulated pollution.  Now we have even more proof thanks to the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication which released a study Monday highlighting the public support for climate change among voters representing each political party.  The study found that it wasn’t only Democrats stepping up for protecting the environment, but Republican voters are voicing their concerns at higher numbers too.  Will Republican leaders listen?

If our leaders in the House and Senate open their ears, they’ll see that 71 percent of Americans believe global warming should be a priority for the president and Congress, including 50% of Republicans, 66% of Independents, and 88% of Democrats.  Not only is an investment in renewable energy a priority, but support for local policies to ensure more sustainable districts seems to be a popular solution among their constituents, including increases in public transportation, green building regulations, and energy efficiency citywide to take pressure off our grids. 

The public has spoken, and our government leaders cannot ignore the need to move environmentally friendly legislation not just on Capitol Hill, but also in our local municipalities nationwide.  Sixty-seven percent of surveyed voters demanded that leaders take measures to reduce global warming, even if it has large or moderate economic costs.  We want change, and we need it now.  It’s not a suggestion; it’s a mandate. 

No more excuses, it’s time to step up.  Will our leaders take these concerns and lead our nation to a green future or will they continue to attack the very laws and agencies responsible for protecting our planet?  Make it your duty to remind our national leaders to start acting green on behalf of the American people.  There’s no denying that it’s a national priority now.