Pa. supports EPA

Posted: June 06, 2014

PENNSYLVANIANS support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recently proposed ruling cutting carbon emissions from power plants, according to a League of Conservation Voters poll released yesterday.

The poll found that 61 percent of residents wanted the U.S. Senate to support the new EPA regulation to limit carbon pollution, while 27 percent were opposed. Six hundred residents were polled.

Representatives from the league said 42 percent of those interviewed identified as Democrat, 39 percent as Republican.

The league conducted the poll in Pennsylvania and Virginia after the Obama administration proposed an EPA rule that would reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030 from levels measured in 2005.

Gov. Corbett issued a statement after the announcement saying that he was concerned that the proposal would cause considerable job loss because 63,000 Pennsylvanians are employed by the coal industry.

The league countered Corbett's statement in a conference call yesterday, saying that the new rule would create jobs in solar energy.

Parts of the state that rely heavily on coal, like Pittsburgh and Scranton, still favored the proposal by 52 percent, the league said.

The poll found that voters think climate change is a "serious problem" and back politicians who support environmental issues.

"One of things we find in research is that people really take action when they think [issues] affect them personally," said Geoff Garin, president of Hart Research Associates. "For young people, they really think [carbon pollution] is an issue that's about them . . . their world is changing."

The results were similar to those in a Washington Post-ABC News poll that found 70 percent of Americans think the government should take action to reduce greenhouse gases from power plants, even if that means a potential increase in energy bills.

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