Public Attitudes Toward Energy & Climate Change


Public attitudes will guide how, when and whether governments respond to challenges such as climate change and energy security. Public opinion influences national priorities and the acceptability — as well as the acceptance — of new policies and technologies. In the coming decade, public awareness and concerns about energy and climate change could shift dramatically if energy prices continue to rise, if concerns about political stability in the Middle East and in other major energy-producing regions of the world continue and if national policy initiatives and international agreements push countries to take aggressive actions to stem carbon emissions and reduce water and air pollution.

In the United States, many people now recognize climate change as a serious problem that warrants action. This is a major shift in attitude from just a few years ago. In addition, people have become more willing to discuss options such as nuclear power and carbon capture and sequestration. Continued public education is critical and the tracking of public attitudes in the United States and elsewhere is needed to determine what people know and believe about energy and the environment, their preferences about future energy sources and their attitudes about economic and environmental tradeoffs.

News

Somerville's Grove Labs wants to revolutionize fresh food

Somerville's Grove Labs wants to revolutionize fresh food

The startup lets you grow produce year-round, right from the comfort of your own home.

April 14, 2015Read more
Fostering U.S.-Russia energy innovation

Fostering U.S.-Russia energy innovation

Skoltech Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage brings together researchers from MIT and two Russian institutes to develop advanced batteries and fuel cells.

April 13, 2015Read more
Of course two MIT alums got the ball rolling on the Iran nuclear deal

Of course two MIT alums got the ball rolling on the Iran nuclear deal

MIT alumni Moniz and Salehi played critical role in negotiations

April 10, 2015Read more
Ben Glass '08, SM '10

Ben Glass '08, SM '10

MIT Energy Club alum Ben Glass is building a wind-power startup with his aero-astro knowledge.

February 18, 2015Read more

Videos

How to Think about Energy and Climate

How to Think about Energy and Climate

A MITEI Energy Colloquium with George Shultz

October 3, 2014

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Passionate about Energy?

Passionate about Energy?

Douglas Spreng: How One Volunteer Makes a Difference

March 1, 2012

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Building the #Knowosphere

Building the #Knowosphere

Andrew Revkin, Dot Earth Blogger, The New York Times

April 23, 2012

01:14:00 Read more