Californians are concerned about the effects of climate change and support new steps to address the problem, according to a poll released Wednesday night by the Public Policy Institute of California.
The results could provide fodder for Gov. Jerry Brown and his fellow Democrats in the state Legislature, who are seeking new regulations to stem greenhouse gas emissions.
“The results demonstrate beyond the shadow of a doubt that Californians of all stripes understand the moral and economic imperatives of action to address climate change and clean up our air, and the legislature is heeding their call,” Senate leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) said in a statement.
Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) said the poll was flawed because it did not ask about the possibility that new environmental rules would create higher prices for Californians.
"This is the problem with the bills working their way through the Legislature," he said in a statement. "They have lofty goals but are not upfront about how they will be met and at what cost to families and small businesses." Source