Question 1: Why are Democrats and Republicans nearly identical on this crucial issue while Independents are significantly more unified?
Question 2: Why do we still have fossil fuel subsidies when this many Americans oppose them and when fossil fuel companies are among the most lucrative on Earth? [-Editor]
Oil Subsidies Not Wanted
In his new proposed federal budget, President Obama called on Congress to repeal more than $4 billion a year in subsidies forÂ the fossil fuel industry, arguing that these “inefficient fossil fuel subsidies…impede investment in clean energy sources and undermineÂ efforts to address the threat of climate change.”
As of November 2011, a large majority of Americans (70%) also opposed federal subsidies for the fossil fuel industry (coal, oil, andÂ natural gas), including majorities of Republicans, Democrats and Independents:
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Anthony Leiserowitz, Ph.D. isÂ Director of the Yale Project on ClimateÂ Change Communication, School of Forestry &Â Environmental Studies at Yale University