Not One Dollar: One-Third of Voters Unwilling to Spend Anything to Counter Climate Change

The Washington Times cites CEI’s poll gauging the public’s views on energy issues and climate change.

A poll released Wednesday by the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute found that 35% of registered voters surveyed were unwilling to spend any of their own money to “reduce the impact of climate change,” while 17% said they would agree to kick in between $1 and $10 per month.

The results were virtually unchanged from the institute’s poll conducted in April showing that 35% were unwilling to spend even a dollar and 15% drew the line at $10.

At the same time, 71% said they were concerned about climate change versus 28% who said they were not, exposing what may be the biggest challenge for President Biden’s ambitious and expensive plans to combat global warming by transforming the U.S. economy and energy grid.

“The latest CEI poll shows that while expressing concern about climate change is cheap, many Americans who claim to be concerned about the issue also won’t spend a single dollar annually on climate change policies,” said CEI President and CEO Kent Lassman.


“While humans are undoubtedly contributing to climate change, it remains the case that costly regulations and mandates favored by climate alarmists pose a greater threat than the effects of our changing climate,” Mr. Lassman said. “Tradeoffs matter and climate mitigation policies are no exception.”

The results of the poll conducted Sept. 23-27 with 1,200 registered voters mirrored those from a CEI survey released in May, indicating that Mr. Biden’s push to reduce U.S. emissions has yet to move the needle on climate spending with the public.

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