In principle the American people support President Obama’s plan to use the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce greenhouse gases.
According to a new ABC News poll, 70 percent think the federal government should limit the CO2 production of power plants and 70 percent support requiring states to set greenhouse gas limits within their borders. Even a clear majority of Republicans support these actions.
The poll did find though that support dropped slightly if people were told it would result in some higher personal costs. If people think regulations to address global warming would add $20 a month to their utility bill support dropped to 63 percent. Not a huge decrease in support but a noticeable one. Obviously any political- or industry-driven opposition to the proposed change will likely focus on the issue of personal cost.
Besides maybe a few specific contests where there is a large coal presence, like the Kentucky Senate race, at this moment it seems unlikely this move by Obama will cause much of a political issue for Democrats. It is a modest plan to deal with something a majority accept is a real problem.
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