Poll: Politicians should fight global warming

04/04/08 Mitch E. Perry
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A new poll released today shows broad support across all parties for federal legislation requiring cuts in global warming pollution to combat climate change.

The survey, conducted by Republican pollster Whit Ayres, found that a majority of voters of all political persuasions want Republicans to work with Democrats.

Jerry Karnas, Florida Climate Project Director with the Environmental Defense Fund, says the results show that Floridians of all stripes want leaders who want to proactively deal with climate change. He said GOP Sen. Mel Martinez’s reluctance on this issue is reflected in his poll rating.

he Warner-Lieberman Bill that seeks for 50 percent reduction in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 through a cap-and-trade system. Some groups, like Environmental Defense support that bill – others like the Sierra Club, want a higher level of reductions.

Cap and trade is an administrative approach used to control pollution by providing economic incentives for achieving reductions in the emission of pollutants.

According to the new survey, when respondents were asked if they supported a "cap-and-trade" proposal to reduce carbon emissions produced in the U.S. , 62 percent said they either strongly or somewhat supported the proposal.

Karnas says that Gov. Charlie Crist’s still sterling political approval ratings are based in part because of his leadership on climate change.

WMNF called Sen. Martinez's office to hear his stance on Warner-Lieberman. A spokeswoman said the senator has not taken a position on the bill, but expressed annoyance with Environmental Defense. Spokeswoman Jessica Garcia said Martinez just met with members of Environmental Defense, and called it a "cheap shot" that the group would call him out in today's news conference.

Garcia said Martinez wasn't going to support anything just because it had "climate change" in the bill, he wants to make whatever bill he supports as strong as possible.

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