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The public opinion of Americans, as captured by various polling organizations over the past few years, can generally and concisely be summed up as:
- ü The earth is warming
- ü Human activities probably have something to do with this ? (although the impacts are being exaggerated)
- ü We have many more important concerns (jobs, economy, etc.) that we think Congress and the President ought to focus on, and
- ü Any action that is aimed at mitigating greenhouse gas emissions should not cost us much, if anything at all ?(and direct taxes on gasoline or electricity are out).