Poll Shows Broad Support for Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in Pa.

Nearly three-quarters of Pennsylvania voters favor the state’s entry into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a multi-state partnership aimed at reducing the production of carbon dioxide from power plants.

That is based on a poll of 659 registered voters in Pennsylvania taken between September 8 and 11 on behalf of the Yale Program for Climate Communication. The margin of error is four percent.

Fully 70 percent of those polled said they supported “regulations to reduce carbon dioxide pollution from power plants in Pennsylvania.” And 77 percent back a requirement to have power plants generate 30 percent of their electricity from renewable resources, such as wind and solar, by 2030.

On the question of job production, 48 percent felt that a greater number of good jobs for Pennsylvanians would be created by increasing production of renewable energy such as wind and solar. Thirty percent believe that boosting production of fossil fuels such as gas through fracking would lead to a larger number of good jobs. Twenty-two percent were unsure.

Slightly over half of those polled were unfamiliar with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to control CO2 emissions, the prime driver of climate change. Pennsylvania is considering becoming a member of RGGI, joining all New England states plus New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware.

Read more at the Centre Daily Times.

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