Polling in the last 2018 midterm election indicated that climate change was not high on a list of voter concerns. That issue led Nathaniel Stinnett to create The Environmental Voter Project with the purpose of significantly increasing voter demand for progressive environmental policy by identifying inactive environmentalists and then turning them into consistent activists and voters.

In May 2019, CNN released a poll saying that 84% of registered Democrats said climate change was a top priority. Wow.

Yale University also did a study  exploring how opinions had changed from December 2018 to April, 2019 on both Republican and Democratic sides and why.  In their December survey, they posed this question, “Some members of Congress are proposing a “Green New Deal” for the U.S. They say that a Green New Deal will produce jobs and strengthen America’s economy by accelerating the transition from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy. The “Deal” would generate 100% of the nation’s electricity from clean, renewable sources within the next 10 years, upgrade the nation’s energy grid, buildings and transportation infrastructure, increase energy efficiency, invest in “green” technology research and development, and provide training for jobs in the new “green” economy. How much do you support or oppose this idea?” They concluded that Fox News had a strong effect.

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These organizations are dedicated to bringing climate change into public policy, are watching how government does and doesn’t support measures supporting climate change, and are often with a particular emphasis on carbon taxes (or fees and dividends).

The Climate Action Tracker

The Climate Action Tracker (CAT) is an independent scientific analysis produced by three research organisations tracking climate action since 2009. We track progress towards the globally agreed aim of holding warming well below 2°C, and…

The Climate Deregulation Tracker

The Columbia Law School Tracker identifies steps taken by the Trump administration and Congress to scale back or wholly eliminate federal climate mitigation and adaptation measures. The tracker is linked to a database of climate…


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