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

If 2 New Yorkers Shared a Cab...

If 2 New Yorkers Shared a Cab...

Studies done by MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning show ride-sharing could cut cab traffic, fares, and emissions.

September 1, 2014Read more
Ride-sharing could cut cabs' road time by 30 percent

Ride-sharing could cut cabs' road time by 30 percent

A new analytic framework enables analysis of GPS data on 150 million cab rides in New York City.

September 1, 2014Read more
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

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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Building the #Knowosphere

Building the #Knowosphere

Andrew Revkin, Dot Earth Blogger, The New York Times

April 23, 2012

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Talk and Action: The Role of International Negotiations in Addressing the  
Climate Challenge

Talk and Action: The Role of International Negotiations in Addressing the Climate Challenge

Todd Stern, Special Envoy for Climate Change, US Department of State

April 21, 2011

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