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58% of all Iowans see climate change as a threat — major or minor.
66% of millennials in Iowa think climate change is a major threat — they are the most concerned of any age group.
71% of college-educated Iowans also think climate change is a threat.
35% of Republicans in Iowa believe climate change poses no threat at all to the planet.
Meanwhile, two Senators of opposite parties are finding common ground on climate change — Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia urged Congress to take “responsible” action on climate change in a Washington Post op/ed over the weekend, saying “This is often portrayed as an issue with just two sides — those who support drastic, unattainable measures to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, and those who want to do nothing. We believe the time for sensationalism is over. And we are seeking ideas that will bring people together, rather than drive them apart.”
Why This Matters: The Murkowski/Manchin op/ed states the “least common denominator” position on climate change that would have the backing a large majority of the country. The real question is what is a “responsible” course of action to address climate change at this point in time? Are we past the point of taking iterative baby steps? Is working to improve only energy efficiency and expand renewables without any constraints on fossil fuels at all still sufficient? if it is important to now take “responsible action” — isn’t that action still urgent? Shouldn’t Congress be doing something more than just holding hearings and paying lip service to this problem? Iowans and New Hampshirites will have the first opportunity to press all the candidates about their climate change policy ideas and impress upon them that the people of this country want to see some action on climate change, and soon.
While Senator Joe Manchin leads the opposition to climate provisions in President Biden’s budget bill, his own state is the most exposed to floods in the nation, according to new data released this month by the nonprofit organization First Street Foundation. Over 60% of West Virginia’s power stations are at risk, twice the average and […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor Documents obtained by Greenpeace UK’s investigative journalism team Unearthed reveal that many coal and oil-rich nations have urged the UN’s International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to water down its upcoming report on the world’s options to fight climate change successfully. Thousands of comments were sent to the IPCC’s […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor Vital climate measures in the Clean Electricity Performance Program (CEPP) may be on the chopping block as the debate over President Biden’s extensive budget package continues in Congress. Senator Joe Manchin III (D-WV) is leading the charge to cut the CEPP, telling the White House he strongly opposes the […]
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