Most Californians Support Climate Action

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After the recession rearranged priorities in recent years, Californians appear to be warming again to some kind of government action on climate change. A new Field Poll shows two-out-of-three support the idea. In the Bay Area, an even larger majority -- more than three-out-of-four -- supports some level of action.

Statewide, 70 percent say they support AB 32, the state law that requires greenhouse gas emission reductions. Field Poll director Mark DiCamillo said that number has wavered since the law was passed in 2006.

"What we're seeing now is an increase actually in public support for AB 32 now compared to 2010, but not quite to the levels that were present in 2007 shortly after it was signed into law," he explained.

Support for AB 32 was at nearly 80 percent in the 2007 poll. The current survey has a 3.5 percent margin of error.

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