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Manufacturers respond to climate change poll results

 Aug. 2, 2012 Sacramento, CA -- California Manufacturers & Technology Association president Jack Stewart made the following statement today regarding the Public Policy Institute of California's (PPIC) "Californians and the Environment" poll results released last night:

"It is not surprising that Californians support the state’s climate laws - they have been repeatedly told by regulators there will be no cost. In fact, our recent study shows that very high electric, natural gas and transportation costs will be incurred when all AB 32 related programs go into effect. The PPIC poll reinforces the findings made by the poll conducted by the AB 32 Implementation Group that support falls below 50 percent when a price tag is attached to the policy."

Following are some specific results from the PPIC poll that underscore Stewart's statement:

  • Those who say they have heard a lot about cap and trade oppose it (62% vs. 35% in favor). More than half of those who have heard little (53%) or nothing about it (57%) are in favor.
  • The state will generate new revenues from the permit auctions and is expected to raise $1 billion in the first year. But most Californians are pessimistic about how the money will be spent.
  • "When they are told about new state revenues that will be generated from the cap-and-trade program, two in three Californians say they have very little or no confidence that the state government will use the money wisely," Baldassare says.
    Just 5 percent say they have a great deal of confidence that the state will use this money wisely, and 27 percent have only some confidence.
  • A large majority of residents (78%) favor increasing federal funding to develop wind, solar, and hydrogen technology. Californians show similar support (77%) for the state policy requiring one-third of electricity to come from renewable energy sources by the year 2020. But support drops to 44 percent on this question if the policy means higher electricity bills.

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