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US: Cap and Trade (CNN 10/16-18)


CNN / Opinion Research Corporation
10/16-18/09; 1,038 adults, 3% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(CNN release)

National

Under a proposal called "cap and trade," the federal government would limit the amount of greenhouse gases that companies could produce in their factories or power plants. If companies exceeded those limits, they would either pay a fine or pay money to other companies that produced smaller amounts of greenhouse gases. Would you favor or oppose this proposal?
60% Favor, 37% Oppose

 

Comments
tjampel:

Public supports all environmental measures until they're told that their bills will go up. If that were added to this question you'd see an even split as with health care.

I support cap and trade (as did McCain early on) and I think that the only way to regulate energy use effectively is to make it really expensive. This harms poorer consumers of course so we may need to adjust things for them (subsidies, for example). It's also somewhat inflationary in that it makes goods a little more expensive (costs more for the energy to produce them). So there are definite problems associated with cap and trade.

The other effect of cap and trade(the winning one for me) will be to make solar and wind more popular technologies and more competitive ones. If oil prices start to skyrocket again and we can get far higher production of wind and solar and get them on the grid through high capacity transmission wires you'll see prices stabilize and even start to drop.

We have to get off of carbon ASAP.

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Speedo Bandit:

It is so convenient that CNN leaves out the fact that Cap and Trade is a huge tax. They word these polls to get the results they want. If they put something in the poll about how much it will cost a family, there is no way in hell it would have anywhere near the support it has in this poll. Cap and Trade=Political Suicide.

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Field Marshal:

Cap and trade is a huge economic drag on our economy while India, China and the faster growing countries are all polluting as much as we are.

If we simply built 40-50 nuclear plants, we could eliminate most of our coal plants and you have a 75% reduction in CO2 emissions.

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openid.aol.com/Rahmsputin:

OUTLIAR!!

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Stillow:

I see CNN is doing its normal junk polling to get a result they want............amazing anyone pays attention to them anymore. Polling i a joke, there news channel is a joke........

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sjt22:

Quite a bit of whining for a poll that's pretty straightforward.

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The Moderator:

We're talking LOTS of whining.

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Stillow:

Right...........cus if the pollster said Rassmussen an the reults were different you guys would be all roses and butterflies.

The question mentions ntohing about the taxes associated with cap and trade....question is bogus from abogus pollster...CNN (D) wants a certain reult....they do what they need to to get it.

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Aaron_in_TX:

"the fact that Cap and Trade is a huge tax."

The way republicans describe things isn't always an accurate reflection of the bill. Of course if you said "Are you in favor of a huge tax?" the answer would be overwhelmingly no.

The question indicates that polluting companies would pay fines, and I think most Americans are capable of the logical leap that those costs would be passed to consumers.

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Wong:

Public support will fall if they feel they are going to pay for this with higher utility bills or taxes. That is a no brainer. This is where the next a battle lies and the key will be to structure it to include 40-50 Nuclear power plants and have the industry absorb the costs with profit incentives. Any serious energy policy must include nuclear power as a means of jobs creation and energy independence, in my opinion.

What remains to be seen is whether the party of "no" will continue to be obstructionist or begin to help us solve some long term problems.

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LordMike:

Yeah, lots of crying and whining here over this and that, with people refusing to recognize that this new cap and trade would be a huge boon to a struggling economy. The "green economy" has the potential of becoming the new .com with less of the potential of crash, 'cos there would not be a drop in demand for renewable energy.

The cap and trade bill is probably the most potent jobs bill one could have conceived. It will create a whole new economy, one that is desperately needed in this era of structural unemployment.

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Xenobion:

That's a great number. But I'd naturally probably see it go down like the first Health Care numbers over time.

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RAG2:

Yeah, but those HC numbers have rebounded. Once the lies by naysayers are countered and people realize that the status quo is unsustainable, people decide to back change.

The fact is, even if it were not for CO2 emissions and global warming, the fact that petroleum is a non-renewable resource means that we can't rely on it indefinitely. The reason gas is becoming more and more expensive is that we're running out of it. It would be even more expensive were it not for the subsidies given to the oil companies by the gov't. Those who would "drill, baby, drill" are only delaying the inevitable, and in effect making the withdrawal symptoms worse when the inevitable final comes.

We need to gradually wean ourselves off of fossil fuels and on to renewable energy sources if our modern way of life is to continue. That means, given our capitalist system, that fossil fuel needs to be made more expensive so that renewable resources seem like more of a bargain. The transition is going to be painful, but we'll be better for it in the long run.

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