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Americans to Local Governments: Do More, Possibly Much More

by Don Knapp

Who should act chart

Can someone help me make sense of the bar graph above, pulled from the recent study, Climate Change in the American Mind, released by the Yale Project on Climate Change? A poll of more than 2,100 Americans conducted last fall included this result, asking respondents about which groups should act to address global warming. I'm keying in on the bar about local governments, trying to draw a conclusion.

One interpretation suggests that Americans recognize that local governments play a vital role and are shouldering their responsibility to mitigate climate change: Only 13 percent of respondents felt local governments "should do much more," and 29 percent said local governments were "doing the right amount." Yet a full 45 percent said local governments "should do more."

Well, at least we know that there is no shortage of things to do.


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