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Why This Matters: Ohio is a state that President Trump won in 2016 but his climate denial runs counter to the vast majority of Ohio residents now — Republicans and Democrats. And yet, the candidates and the news media don’t discuss the climate crisis nearly as much as the public might want — in fact, it has been absent from the media and the coverage of the campaign in recent weeks. If Ohio residents care this much about climate change, it is a fair bet that so do a majority of residents in other states. Climate change could be a very important issue in the 2020 election if Democrats would seize on it and talk about it more.
Ohio Democrats Put Climate Change In Top Tier of Issues
Ohio Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters say that health care (45%), climate change (25%), and the economy and jobs (24%) are the most important issues in the upcoming election.According to the Climate Nexus survey:
Roughly 2/3rds say they would be more likely to support candidates running for office who are in favor of extending government funding for renewable energy (69%), requiring fossil fuel companies to pay a tax on their carbon pollution (66%), and setting stronger fuel efficiency standards for cars, trucks, and SUVs.
A majority (53%) believe that increasing renewable energy is more likely to create good jobs for Ohioans, while fewer than three in 10 (28%) say the same of fossil fuels like oil and gas.
The Tide Is Shifting in Ohio
Ryan Mooney-Bullock of Green Umbrella, a Cincinnati-based organization working to increase environmental sustainability, said, “I think everyday people here in the heartland are concerned about climate change and want to do something about it.”
But because it can be daunting for people to know how to start taking steps to address climate change, Mooney-Bullock encourages involvement in community and individual efforts to increase sustainability.
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