A total of 26 U.S. states—including Texas, Louisiana, and Colorado—sued President Obama last month over his Clean Power Plan that aims to fight climate change. The program requires states to cut 32% of carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 2030.
However, a study conducted by Yale University’s School of Forestry & Environmental found that in 23 out of 26 accusing states, the majority of the public supports restraining the use of cola-fired power plants.
According to the 2014 Yale Climate Opinion Maps, 61% of the public across the 26 suing states showed support towards the policy, ranging from 73% public support in New Jersey, to 43% in Wyoming and West Virginia. Only 38% of the public in those 26 states opposed the policy.
Nationwide, Yale’s research found that a large majority of Americans support the policy, which sets strict emission limits on coal-fired power plants. This is the case in almost every state, in contrast to the long-term controversy over the actual existence of climate change in American history. It turns out most Americans are on the same page regarding carbon dioxide.
To see Yale’s interactive Climate Opinion Maps, please visit this page.