Green Feature: New polls on environmental issues & policies

(KTSF by Jessie Liang)

The new poll by The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) shows in the wake of the Japanese nuclear crisis, 65 percent of California adults oppose building more plants and 30 percent are in favor – the lowest level of support since PPIC began asking the question and a 14-point drop since last July. Most Californians continue to support the state’s climate change policy. Most believe global warming is a serious threat to the state’s future economy, with 47 percent seeing it as a very serious threat and 28 percent saying it is somewhat serious.

Roger Kim from Asian Pacific Environmental Network says, ” the fact is that in state of California, even though the minorities are the majority in the state, it doesn’t necessarily get reflected who’s making the decisions on policies here in California. So this poll shows really strong support for environmental policies.” In addition, according to Kim, developing renewable energy is very important not only for reducing greenhouse emission but also for economic and job growth. “So it’s really important for Asian immigrant community, Latino, African Americans to be involved this policy debate,” Kim says.

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