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(07/13/07) -

Half in U.S. Say Humans Cause Global Warming

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – More people in the United States are convinced that climate change is caused by humans, according to a poll by Rasmussen Reports. 50 per cent of respondents say global warming is caused primarily by human activity, up four points since December.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – More people in the United States are convinced that climate change is caused by humans, according to a poll by Rasmussen Reports. 50 per cent of respondents say global warming is caused primarily by human activity, up four points since December.

Conversely, 34 per cent of respondents think climate change is the result of long term planetary trends.

The term global warming refers to an increase of the Earth’s average temperature. Some theories say that climate change might be the result of human-generated carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Earlier this year, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report which states that global warming has been “very likely”—or 90 per cent certain—caused by humans burning fossil fuels.

In 1998, several countries agreed to the Kyoto Protocol, a proposed amendment to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The agreement commits nations to reduce their emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. The U.S. signed the protocol but has not ratified it.

On Jul. 11, two U.S. senators—New Mexico Democrat Jeff Bingaman and Pennsylvania Republican Arlen Specter—introduced legislation that seeks to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent by 2030 through new rules for power producers, refiners and steelmakers.

The Senate Energy and Commerce Committee—which is chaired by Bingaman—released a statement, saying the bill is “the product of a vigorous and open process” and is “designed to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions while protecting the U.S. economy.”

Polling Data

Is global warming caused primarily by human activity or by long term planetary trends?

Jul. 2007

Dec. 2006

Human activity

50%

46%

Long term planetary trends

34%

35%

Source: Rasmussen Reports
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,000 American adults, conducted on Jul. 7 and Jul. 8, 2007. Margin of error is 3 per cent.