Temperatures climbing, weather more unstable, a majority says in poll

Juliet Eilperin and Peyton M. Craighill, reporting for the Washington Post:

Most Americans say they believe temperatures around the world are going up and that weather patterns have become more unstable in the past few years, according to a new poll from The Washington Post and Stanford University.

But they also see future warming as something that can be addressed, and majorities want government action across a range of policies to curb energy consumption, with more support for tax breaks than government mandates.

The thing is, many of these results haven’t changed in the last five years. A few details have fluctuated, but if you look at the actual survey results, overall sentiment remains the same.

So why haven’t we done something substantive about climate change yet?

Daniel J. Weiss:

Big Oil, Dirty Coal, and other special interests like the American Petroleum Institute combined spent hundreds of millions of dollars lobbying lawmakers and filling their campaign coffers.

Oh, right. Almost forgot about that.

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