|Posted by JJ The Psychotherapist on July 14, 2022 at 11:55 PM|
Fewer Americans think environmental regulations are worth the cost: poll
According to a Pew Research Center study released Thursday, fewer Americans believe that environmental restrictions are worth the expense in 2022 than they did three years ago.
While the majority of Americans (53%) believe that stronger environmental rules are worth the cost, 45 percent believe that the regulations would "cost too many jobs and hurt the economy."
In 2019, 65% of Americans said the regulations are worth the cost while 33% were against it.
While Democrats' support for tougher environmental legislation plummeted from 85 percent to 78 percent, Republican support plunged nearly 20 points, from 43 percent to 24 percent.
Planting "about a trillion trees to absorb carbon emissions," is supported by all parties, with 89 percent of Republicans and 91 percent of Democrats in favor of the initiative. The two sides disagree on climate change plans, which would necessitate greater government engagement.
Only 49% of Republicans, compared to 90% of Democrats, favor offering "a tax credit to businesses for developing carbon capture/storage,"
Eighty-six percent of Democrats, compared to 46 percent of Republicans, support taxing firms based on their carbon emissions.
The study also revealed that younger GOP members are more concerned about the environment.
For example, 47 percent of Republicans between the ages of 18 and 29 believe the federal government is not doing enough to mitigate the consequences of climate change, compared to 18 percent of Republicans over the age of 65.
A majority of young Republicans, 58%, said they support giving incentives for individuals to drive electric and hybrid vehicles, but just 35% of those over 65 said the same.
Americans may be more financially conscious now than they were when the question was first asked in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic and inflation shook the global economy.