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Pushing for Energy Justice with Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition: Community Organizing Lessons from Alaska
The Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition (FCAC) is working to advance a Just Transition away from fossil fuel extraction and towards renewable energy and a regenerative economy in interior Alaska. For several years, FCAC’s Renewable Energy Working Group has been organizing around their local electric utility cooperative, Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA), to support more generation from renewable energy sources and energy justice initiatives and decarbonization of electricity. FCAC’s organizing efforts have supported more pro-renewable candidates to be democratically elected to the GVEA’s Board of Directors and pushed the utility to consider community solar projects and on-bill financing. A major win came in June 2022 when the GVEA Board adopted a strategic generation plan including a commitment to close down one of their coal plants and pursue a large scale wind power project.
In this webinar, FCAC shares learnings from their Microgrant Report: Cooperative Opportunity: Clean Energy documenting the development of their campaign, sharing reflections on how their organizing structure led to wins, the challenges they faced, and the lessons that can be learned to succeed in future campaigns.
Environmental Polling Roundup - February 10th, 2023
This post includes climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from recent public polls - including new polling on the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), climate and the environment as policy priorities, and the personal impacts of climate change.
Environmental Polling Roundup - February 3rd, 2023
This post includes climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from recent public polls - including a new edition of Yale and George Mason's long-running "Climate Change in the American Mind" study that focuses on the politics and policy of climate change, as well as lots of new polling on gas stoves.
Environmental Polling Roundup - December 2nd, 2022
This post includes climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from recent public polls - including new polling on climate change as a national priority, new polling about offshore wind energy among Americans in coastal counties, and new polling about the impacts of people’s religious views and partisanship on their climate attitudes.
Environmental Polling Roundup - October 7th, 2022
This post includes climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from recent public polls - including new polling on the two parties’ approaches to climate change; the connection between hurricanes and climate change; and energy issues in Texas.
Poll: Reliable Republican Voters Support GOP Action on Climate
Core Republican voters want their members of Congress to address climate change. The Climate Leadership Council and Americans for Carbon Dividends report that the majority (54%) of core Republican voters say it’s important for their member of Congress to work to address climate change. The poll additionally finds that core Republican voters broadly agree on climate action when it’s framed as protecting U.S. manufacturing. For example, over three-quarters (77%) say they would support “a joint effort between the U.S. and its allies to penalize products made from high carbon pollution countries like China, which would benefit more efficient American companies and their workers.” Additionally, 64% support a proposal to “charge a fee on imported goods from foreign countries based upon the carbon pollution that resulted from producing those goods.”
Environmental Polling Roundup - July 29th, 2022
This post includes climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from recent public polls - including new polling on voters’ reactions to arguments from the two parties on climate change; the impact of climate change and the environment on battleground voters’ decisions in the upcoming midterms; an experiment in communicating about human-caused climate change using a “heat-trapping blanket” metaphor; Americans’ personal experiences with climate change; and the widening generational gap in Republicans’ environmental attitudes.
A GOP generation gap on climate change
A wide-ranging new Pew Research Center poll shows large age-related divides in Republicans' views on global warming. Nearly half of Republicans (or who "lean" Republican) age 18-29 say the federal government is doing too little on the topic. But this concern drops off pretty sharply with age: 47% of those aged 18-49 agreed with that statement, but just 18% of Republicans aged 65+ agreed. There is also a similar sizeable gap between younger and older Republican voters on views on government climate policies (eg, carbon tax, incentivize electric vehicles, require power companies to generate more renewable electricity).
Environmental Polling Roundup - July 8th, 2022
This post includes climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from recent public polls - including a major new report on the politics of global warming from Yale and George Mason, new national tracking of Americans’ climate attitudes, and new polling on climate resilience and disaster response policies.
Did Don’t Look Up cause more people to look up? (Potential Energy’s Knowledge Newsletter)
The effect of watching the film Don’t Look Up was polarizing. For Democrats who watched it, they become 1% more supportive of immediate government action on climate. But for Republicans, they became 15% LESS supportive. Independents became 9% MORE supportive.