Most Americans apparently know nothing about Obama’s climate plan

A poll conducted by the University of Maryland shows most Americans have either never heard of President Barack Obama’s climate plan or know little about the president’s overarching environmental regulations.

“The Clean Power Plan is not a household word in America just yet,” a survey from the University of Maryland’s Program for Public Consultation showing Americans’ views of the climate plan.

The poll lends some credence to arguments suggesting that most Daily Caller  New FoundationAmericans do not consider global warming a pressing issue, despite campaigns by environmentalists, such as California billionaire Tom Steyer, to foist concerns of global warming into the election’s spotlight.

Steyer’s political action committee, NextGen Climate, announced in April a massive $25 million campaign to encourage young people to support and vote for green energy candidates in the November 2016 election.

The billionaire environmentalist shoveled more than $8.5 million into unsuccessful attempts to get anti-fossil fuel candidates elected to office in 2014. The mega-donor green advocate has sunk more than $13 million so far this election year, according to OpenSecrets.org.

The poll found that nearly 70 percent, or 69 percent, of respondents were either unaware of Obama’s so-called Clean Power Plan, which, if implemented, would reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants 32 percent by 2030, or knew very little about the new climate regulations.

Steven Kull, director of the Program for Public Consultation at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, and co-author of the poll, said he was not surprised the Environmental Protection Agency-administered climate rule hasn’t made any headway this political season.

“It’s sort of blandly titled,” Kull said. “I don’t think the reporting on it has been very extensive. It hasn’t gotten into the elections, and so I don’t find it so surprising.”

In a separate Wednesday survey of Texas voters, 85 percent of people surveyed had not “seen, read or heard of a federal policy called the Clean Power Plan.”

The Supreme Court decided in February not to allow the EPA to implement the president’s plan.

SCOTUS’ move gives the 29 states suing the federal government to stop the rule a small victory — North Dakota and West Virginia, for instance, say the plan will inevitably destroy their respective coal industries.

Only six percent of the respondents have heard a great deal about the plan, while 24 percent said they had heard some talk about Obama’s climate regulations. The findings were the same regardless the respondents’ political party affiliation.

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  • Scott

    they’ll remember it when the lights go out!

  • AuBrix

    Here is a high school drop-out that had a better understanding of the human condition and psyche than anyone “papered” from the Ivory Towers of Academia:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB0aFPXr4n4
    WARNING there is adult language used during his oratory.

    • Dano2

      So glad you agree with George that AGW will screw humans. Good for you, you clearly have good judgement. Go you!

      Best,

      D

      • AuBrix

        YES, I agree with George.
        I DO NOT agree with you.
        OR
        PLEASE type in what / where Geo. says that “AGW will screw humans” .
        It is not in this.

        • Dano2

          You disagree with my assessment of your good judgment? ;o)

          Anyhoo, he clearly is stating that “save the planet! <3" is an empty phrase, and "save ourselves" is more accurate:

          we’ve only been engaged in heavy industry for a little over two hundred years. Two hundred years versus four and a half billion. And we have the conceit to think that somehow we’re a threat? … The planet has been through a lot worse than us. ..The planet isn’t going anywhere. We are! We’re goin’ away. Pack your sh*t, Folks, we’re goin’ away. We won’t leave much of a trace either, thank god for that. Maybe a little styrofoam, maybe, little styrofoam. Planet’ll be here and we’ll be long gone. Just another failed mutation. Just another closed-end biological mistake, an evolutionary cul de sac. The planet will shake us off like a bad case of fleas, a surface nuisance.

          HTH

          Best,

          D

          • AuBrix

            I guess you simply overlooked or ignore the FIRST 1 minute and 31 seconds.
            90 percent of all the life forms that have ever existed on this planet are extinct. Outside of a handful MAN had nothing to do with it: Taz. Tiger, Dodo Bird, Passenger Pigeon,… off the top of my head.
            A ‘…closed-end biological mistake,…” does not make it a Man-made creation.

            • Dano2

              Science tells us it is a man-made creation.

              Best,

              D

              • AuBrix

                What science ?
                The False Science of AGW ?
                The Science of 77 scientists out of 79 that answered a survey, out of 1000s that ignored the survey. A UN Sponsored survey. Schemed for One World Government / NWO that uses UN taxes to take over the Common Sense Populations of the world?

                • Dano2

                  Cook totem! Drink!

                  Best,

                  D

                  • AuBrix

                    Progressives / Greenie Alarmists worry about a Carbon Atom that only makes up 400 parts per 1,000,000 parts.
                    Here is a little trick for greenies get 4 dimes mix those 4 dimes with 10,000 pennies ( $100.00). Throw them on the ground and see how fast you can find the four dimes.
                    Progressives are hate groups. When they no-longer have a designated opponent they will start eating their own. Pol Pot killed 1.5 million, Adolf Hitler killed 20.9 million, Stalin MILLIONS, Moa Zedong 40-70 million. Just to mention a few from the LEFT.

                    • Dano2

                      Boy, you must foam at the thought that the only reason you are alive on this planet is because of an oxygen molecule that is measured in the 10 parts per million parts.

                      Anyhoo, educate yourself.

                      Best,

                      D

                    • Brin Jenkins

                      And we do we get this from where Dano?

                      Might it be C02 perhaps feeding the our vegetable food as a by product? A closed loop held stable with negative feedback, positive feed back is only good on ebay chum.

                      We need more c02 not less, this pic is the plain to the South of Mount Etna which has an enhanced CO2 level from the volcano.