Exclusive: A Third Of Americans Unwilling To Spend $1 To Fight Climate Change
President Biden wants to spend in excess of $1 trillion to combat climate change, but more than one-third of Americans are unwilling to chip in a single buck.
A poll of 1,200 registered voters released Tuesday by the Competitive Enterprise Institute found that 35% were unwilling to spend any of their own money to reduce the impact of climate change, with another 15% saying they would only go as high as $10 per month.
Another 6% said they would be willing to spend between $11 and $20 per month. At the other end of the spectrum were those who said they would part with between $901 and $1,000 per month on climate — they numbered 1%.
The results of the survey by CRC Research are consistent with previous polls showing that by and large, Americans are climate tightwads.
The 2019 AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs survey that found 57% were willing to spend an additional $1 per month on climate change, but only 28% would pay $10.
“This poll shows once again that Americans are unwilling to pay for the left’s anti-energy policies,” said CEI Center for Energy and Environment Director Myron Ebell in a statement. “The more people learn about the Biden-Harris Blackout Agenda, the less support there will be for spending trillions of taxpayer dollars for no measurable benefits.”
The penny-pinching on global warming came even though 67% of respondents said they were very concerned or somewhat concerned about climate change.
That said, 53% said climate was not a factor in their 2020 election vote, while only 6% said it was the top issue.
A majority in the poll — 55% — approved of Mr. Biden’s job performance, while voters were split on the direction of the country: 50% said the nation was headed in the right direction and 48% said it was off track.
Mr. Biden unveiled during the 2020 campaign a $1.7 trillion climate plan, following up after taking office with a series of initiatives, including a $2 trillion infrastructure plan that would funnel $174 billion to electric vehicles, $100 billion to phase out fossil fuels, and $10 billion for a Civilian Climate Corps.
His plan calls for achieving a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030 from 2005 levels, and net-zero emissions throughout the economy by 2050.
CEI President and CEO Kent Lassman warned that Americans may be unwilling to make the economic sacrifices necessary to achieve such ambitious goals.
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