Voters split on climate measure
LOS ANGELES TIMES / USC POLL The initiative would delay the start of a global warming law until jobless rate falls.
A poll finds Californians evenly divided on Proposition 23, which would put the state’s global warming law on hold.
California voters believe global warming is a significant issue and are inclined to trust scientific views on the subject, but they remain closely divided on a November ballot measure that would suspend the state’s global warming statute, according to a new Los Angeles Times/USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences poll.
California’s global warming law, passed in 2006, is aimed at slashing greenhouse gas emissions by power plants, factories and vehicles. The ballot initiative, Proposition 23, would delay implementation of the law until California’s unemployment rate drops to 5.5% and stays at that level for a year. Unemployment is now over 12%, and a sustained level at or below 5.5% has rarely been achieved, so environmental advocates argue that the initiative would in effect put the law on indefinite hold.
More than two-thirds of probable voters in the survey said that global warming is a “very important” or “somewhat important” issue to them.
And more than four in 10 said they have “complete” or “a lot” of trust in what scientists say on the subject, with more than two in 10 saying they have a “moderate” amount of trust.
On the ballot measure itself, the survey showed that