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

MIT says today's solar panels good for tomorrow

MIT says today's solar panels good for tomorrow

MITEI Future of Solar Energy study says today's solar panels are good enough to get the job of replacing fossil fuels done

May 21, 2015Read more
How the transportation sector is moving away from petroleum

How the transportation sector is moving away from petroleum

More than 8% of fuel used by the transportation sector came from non-petroleum sources in 2014

May 20, 2015Read more
Free Lunch: The enormous cost of cheap carbon

Free Lunch: The enormous cost of cheap carbon

The IMF points to a treasure trove for finance ministers with courage to act

May 20, 2015Read more
5 ways we could get more solar power

5 ways we could get more solar power

A solar-powered world is coming, but we could make it come faster

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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