New Poll Suggests that Americans Oppose Higher Energy Costs in Leading Cap and Trade Plan

by William Yeatman on June 3, 2008

Next week the U. S. Senate plans to debate the Lieberman-Warner America's Climate Security Act (S. 3036), a “cap and trade” scheme that would reduce emissions by increasing the cost of energy. Before the vote, all Senators should analyze a new poll from the National Center for Public Policy Research (a member of the Cooler Heads Coalition) that finds an overwhelming majority of Americans oppose the higher energy costs that Lieberman-Warner would impose.

The poll found that 65% of Americans reject spending even a penny more for gasoline in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. An additional 13% oppose spending more than 5% more for gasoline to attempt to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Lieberman-Warner plan would increase petroleum prices almost $2.00/gallon by 2030, according to a study by the Heritage Foundation.

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