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May 13 2012

Willingness to pay and political support for a U.S. national clean energy standard

In 2010 and 2011, Republicans and Democrats proposed mandating clean power generation in the electricity sector. To evaluate public support for a national clean energy standard (NCES), we conducted a nationally representative survey that...

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Topics: Citizen Behavior Energy Use / Conservation Policy Support Politics / Elections
September 28 2011

Communication and marketing as climate change-intervention assets: A public health perspective

The understanding that global climate change represents a profound threat to the health and well-being of human and nonhuman species worldwide is growing. This article examines the potential of communication and marketing interventions to...

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Topics: Energy Use / Conservation Health Policy Support Risk Communication Six Americas
June 27 2011

Global Warming’s Six Americas in May 2011

Global Warming’s Six Americas in May 2011

Nearly 40 percent of American adults are in the two groups most concerned about climate change – the Alarmed and the Concerned – while 25 percent of Americans are in the two groups least concerned about the issue – the Dismissive and Doubtful

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Citizen Behavior Energy Use / Conservation Policy Support Risk Perceptions Six Americas Trust Values & Religion
June 20 2011

Americans’ Actions to Conserve Energy, Reduce Waste, and Limit Global Warming in May 2011

Americans’ Actions to Conserve Energy, Reduce Waste, and Limit Global Warming in May 2011

Highlights

Since June 2010, there has been a decline in a few energy conservation behaviors, but an increase in some consumer activism. For example:

  • 45 percent of Americans report that they often or always set the thermostat to 68 degrees or cooler in the winter, an 11-point drop since 2010.
  • Americans say they are less likely to walk or bike, instead of driving, than in 2010.

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Topics: Citizen Behavior Consumer Behavior Energy Use / Conservation
July 08 2010

Americans’ Actions to Conserve Energy, Reduce Waste, and Limit Global Warming in June 2010

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July 08 2010

Global Warming’s Six Americas: June 2010

 

This report extends and updates an ongoing program of research analyzing Americans’ interpretations of and responses to climate change. This research segments the American public into six audiences that range along a spectrum of concern and issue engagement from the Alarmed, who are convinced of the reality and danger of climate change, and who are highly supportive of personal and political actions to mitigate the threat, to the Dismissive, who are equally convinced that climate change is not occurring and that no response should be made.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Citizen Behavior Consumer Behavior Energy Use / Conservation Policy Support Risk Perceptions Six Americas Trust Values & Religion
April 23 2010

Citizen’s Guide to Taking Action on Climate Change

Citizen’s Guide to Taking Action on Climate Change

Scientists currently estimate that avoiding dangerous climate change would require significant emissions reductions below 1990 levels by 2050. In addition to preventing dangerous impacts from climate change such as sea level rise and severe weather events, climate action can promote economic prosperity, energy security, more livable communities, and create ample cost-saving opportunities for businesses and homes.

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Topics: Citizen Behavior Energy Use / Conservation Politics / Elections
February 24 2010

Global Warming’s Six Americas 2010

In 2009 we identified six distinct “Americas” when it comes to the issue of global warming. One year later, we are releasing a report on the status of these six key audiences. We have found that one of these groups: the “Dismissive” – who believe global warming is not happening…

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Citizen Behavior Consumer Behavior Energy Use / Conservation Policy Support Risk Perceptions Six Americas Trust Values & Religion
February 17 2010

Do Americans’ Actions Speak Louder than Words on Climate & Energy?

Do Americans’ Actions Speak Louder than Words on Climate & Energy?

The Yale Project on Climate Change released in its 3rd report: Americans’ Actions to Conserve Energy, Reduce Waste, and Limit Global Warming. In brief, found that there is a significant gap between Americans’ conservation attitudes and their actual behaviors.

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Topics: Citizen Behavior Consumer Behavior Energy Use / Conservation
February 17 2010

Americans’ Actions to Conserve Energy, Reduce Waste, and Limit Global Warming. January 2010

Today we are releasing our latest report: Americans’ Actions to Conserve Energy, Reduce Waste, and Limit Global Warming. In brief, we found that there is a significant gap between Americans’ conservation attitudes and their actual behaviors. For example:

  • 88 percent of Americans say it is important to recycle at home, but only 51 percent “often” or “always” do;
  • 81 percent say it is important to use re-usable shopping bags, but only 33 percent “often” or “always” do;

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Topics: Citizen Behavior Consumer Behavior Energy Use / Conservation
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