Poll: Fossil fuel phaseout unpopular across age, party divide

Source: By Nick Sobczy, E&E News • Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2021

 Younger Americans are significantly more likely to be engaged on climate change policy, but the issue is still plagued by massive partisan divides, according to new survey data from the Pew Research Center. Overall, 64% of those polled said addressing climate change should be a priority, but the majority also oppose phasing out fossil fuels entirely, preferring a mix of energy resources for the future. … Still, 74% overall said they support requiring power companies to generate more energy from renewables. And majorities favor other aspects of Biden’s infrastructure plan as well, including his proposal to raise corporate tax rates to pay for roads, bridges and energy upgrades. At the same time, just 33% would support phasing out fossil fuels altogether, while 47% said they would back phasing out gas-powered vehicles by 2035.