Oct 2, 2017

Most Americans want local govs to fight climate change, poll finds

A wind turbine near King City, Missouri. Photo: Charlie Riedel / AP

With President Trump planning to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, 57% of Americans say they want local governments to work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on their own, according to a new poll by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago. Only 10% oppose that stance.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors approved resolutions this June committing to have their cities run on 100% renewable energy by 2035. 379 mayors, representing 67.8 million Americans, have committed to upholding the Paris climate accord goals. "We're leading the conversation because we have to now," Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski told the AP.

  • 42% (and 64% of Democrats) oppose exiting the Paris accord while 28% (46% of Republicans) favored the move.
  • 72% of Americans overall say they believe climate change is happening.
  • 63% (82% of Democrats and 43% of Republicans) think human activity is at least partly responsible.
  • Something to think about: 51% would be willing to pay $1 extra each month on their electricity bill to help fight climate change. Only about 3 in 10 would be willing to pay an additional $20 to $40 each month.

The poll surveyed 1,038 adults between August 17-21, before the hurricanes hit Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Margin of error: 4.1 percentage points. Paid for by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago.

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Molson Coors Brewing Company in Milwaukee on Wednesday, including the gunman, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at a Wednesday evening press conference with local police.

Details: All of the victims worked at the brewery complex, as did the shooter who died of "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," police confirmed in a statement late Wednesday.

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Coronavirus updates: South Korea case count tops 2,000

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33 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus, and health officials are monitoring 8,400 people who have recently returned from "points of concern," Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,850 people and infected over 83,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. The novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica, and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

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Syria's darkest chapter

Family room without a family, in Idlib. Photo: Muhammed Said/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The worst humanitarian crisis of Syria’s brutal civil war is colliding today with what could be the war’s most dangerous geopolitical showdown, after at least 29 Turkish troops were killed in an airstrike.

The big picture: The fighting is taking place in Idlib in northwest Syria, where a ferocious Syrian and Russian offensive has displaced 1 million civilians and infuriated Turkey, which borders the region.

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