Majority Support Fed. Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emission

Three quarters of Americans support federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, according to the results of a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Thursday.

Fewer Americans, 52 percent, however, support a cap-and-trade approach that is comparable to the one the House of Representatives could vote on as early as Friday, reports The Washington Post.

The cap-and-trade system, a primary issue of the Obama Administration, could set a limit on the nation’s emissions of greenhouse gases. The plan could issue or auction emission allowances that can either be bought or sold by businesses and/or individuals, reports United Press International. The cap would then be lowered over time in efforts to reduce the nation’s emission of greenhouse gases.

ABC News reports that the random sampling poll, which included 1,001 adults, was conducted via telephone during June 18-21, 2009. The poll is reported to have a 3.5 percent margin of error.

Though Speaker of the House of Representative, Nancy Pelosi said the proposed bill was “a wonderful collaboration,” as reported by The Washington Post, Frank O’Donnell, president of Clean Air Watch, said the “changes will not help the cause of making real reductions.”

Greenhouse gases are gases in the atmosphere that absorb and emit radiation. Common greenhouse gases are carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide.


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