Public Attitudes about Climate Change and Clean Energy


Jan. 28, 2014


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Resources for the Future (RFF) and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) conducted a briefing discussing American perceptions of climate change following a new in-depth survey conducted in December by RFF, Stanford University, and USA Today. For the first time, the survey explored in detail the public's attitudes toward generating electricity from various sources.

Speakers include:

  • Professor Jon Krosnick, Frederic O. Glover Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences, Stanford University; Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; University Fellow, RFF
  • The Honorable Phil Sharp, President, Resources for the Future (RFF); former Chair of the House of Representatives Energy Subcommittee

Initial results from the survey were featured in the December 20 issue of USA Today, but Dr. Krosnick will present a wide array of additional results, including whether the public believes climate change has been happening, what should and should not be done about it, whether the public supports or opposes specific government policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and more. RFF President Phil Sharp will discuss the poll results in the context of the current US climate and energy policy landscape.

For more information, contact Amaury Laporte at [email protected] or 202.662.1884.

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