New Post-Election Poll Shows Over Two-Thirds of Californians Support AB 32.

by Susan Frank, Director, California Business Alliance for a Green Economy

The California Business Alliance for a Green Economy recently commissioned a post-election poll by the bipartisan research team of Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3) and Public Opinion Strategies (POS) that shows significant and growing support for California’s landmark climate and energy law AB 32.

The Alliance is made up of more than 1,245 businesses in every sector of the state’s diverse economy, all of whom strongly support the transition to a clean, efficient economy. The purpose of the post-election survey was to gauge public appetite for taking active steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California in light of recent extreme weather events.

The results clearly indicate that Californians continue to strongly support state government taking a variety of steps to mitigate and prepare for the impacts of climate change – the ultimate goal behind AB 32, the state’s clean energy and climate law.

To highlight a few of the results, of those polled:

• 82 percent support taking climate change into account in planning for future development
• 74 percent support requiring oil companies to reduce the amount of carbon pollution from the fuel they produce
• 74 percent support increasing public investment in strategies to reduce climate change, like increasing clean energy use
• 72 percent support requiring companies to pay penalties in proportion to the carbon pollution they emit

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