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

Game Changers In Energy Making Moves At Stanford, MIT

Game Changers In Energy Making Moves At Stanford, MIT

Forbes talks with MITEI's Director Robert Armstrong about game changing innovations in the energy sector.

July 3, 2014Read more
Game Changers Explores A Cheaper, Cleaner, and More Secure National Energy  
System

Game Changers Explores A Cheaper, Cleaner, and More Secure National Energy System

New Stanford-MIT book puts focus on the need for energy innovation R&D.

June 17, 2014Read more
How technology can halt climate change

How technology can halt climate change

MITEI's Bob Armstrong gives his take and shares MIT highlights

December 31, 2013Read more
Study: Current efforts not enough to prevent climate consequences

Study: Current efforts not enough to prevent climate consequences

MIT researchers provide a window into the future with 2013 Energy and Climate Outlook

November 21, 2013Read more

Videos

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

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