70 Percent of Americans Think The Environment is More Important Than The Economy

September 25, 2018 at 4:29 pm

Yale survey shows 70 percent of Americans prioritize protecting the environment over growing the economy

“It’s the environment, stupid!” may become the new campaign memo to politicians trying to take office.

Ever since Bill Clinton’s campaign advisor coined the slogan “it’s the economy, stupid” in 1992, the rhetoric of politicians has centered around “creating jobs” and “economic growth.”

A quarter century later, the tide of public opinion has shifted.

According to a new Yale University survey, 70 percent of Americans now think the environment is more important than the economy.

The new perception may be related to the survey’s finding that 70 percent of Americans also now believe that global warming is happening, and nearly 60 percent believe it is caused by human activity.

An even higher percentage (79%) think schools should teach about global warming.

Seventy-seven percent think the government should regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant, 85% think it should fund research into renewable energy sources, and 82% think it should provide tax rebates for energy efficient vehicles or solar panels.

Sixty-eight percent think fossil fuel companies should pay a carbon tax and 65% oppose drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Perhaps Americans are finally waking up to the fact that without a healthy environment, there is no economy. Hopefully politicians will get a clue soon too.