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New poll shows Californians strongly support new climate laws

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Casey Tolan July 26 2017 Mercury News see full article here

Most Californians support the state’s policies fighting climate change — and they want state leaders to go further, a poll [by the non-partisan Public Policy Institute of California] released Wednesday found.

More than half of state residents say they found it very important for California to act as a leader on climate change around the world, and two-thirds supported the state making its own climate change policies beyond those implemented by the federal government, according to a poll from the Public Policy Institute of California.

“Californians continue to believe that global warming is a threat not just to the world but to quality of life and the economy in California, and they support the path that the state is on,” said Mark Baldassare, the president and CEO of the Public Policy Institute. The results suggest a strong endorsement for the strategy of Gov. Jerry Brown, who has traveled around the world to ink climate deals while also fighting for new climate change policies at home.

An overwhelming majority of state residents are supportive of a legislative effort to power all of the state’s electricity grid through renewable sources. Senate Bill 100, which passed the State Senate in May and is expected to be debated in the Assembly next month, would require that 100 percent of the state’s electricity comes from renewable sources like wind or solar power by 2045. 76 percent of adults and 71 percent of likely voters approve of that requirement — including 81 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of Republicans, the poll found.

Half of Californians also say they’re personally willing to pay more for electricity in order to pitch in and help fight global warming, and 54 percent said they expect gas prices to rise because of the state’s climate policies.

…And the poll found an all-time low in support for offshore drilling along the California coast — just 25 percent of residents are in favor, while 69 percent are opposed….

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