Poll: 64% of Californians link drought to global warming

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A strong majority of Californians say they support tougher limits on greenhouse gas emissions and more ambitious renewable energy goals to combat climate change, according to a statewide poll released late Wednesday.

Meanwhile, nearly two-thirds of those surveyed said global warming is contributing to California’s ongoing drought. About half said global warming is a “very serious” threat to the state’s future, according to the poll, conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California, a San Francisco-based nonpartisan research center.

“At a time when many Californians are making a connection between the current drought and climate change, there is strong support for expanding the state’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Mark Baldassare, the institute’s president, in a news release.

Results of the survey — titled Californians & the environment — are based on phone interviews with 1,702 California adult residents from in July.

Of those who took part, 44 percent said they were registered Democrats; 28 percent were Republicans; and 24 percent independents or decline-to-state voters, according to the institute.

Sixty-four percent of respondents said they believe there’s a connection between the drought and global warming, while 28 percent said they saw no link.

Spray irrigation on a field in the Imperial Valley in southern California. This type of irrigation is a lot better than the extremely water inefficient type of flood irrigation that is popular in this region. Still, in the high temperatures of this desert region a lot of the water evaporates, leaving the salts, that are dissolved in the colorado River water that is used, on the soil.

Spray irrigation on a field in the Imperial Valley in southern California. This type of irrigation is more efficient than flood irrigation that is popular in this region. Still, in the high temperatures of this desert region a lot of the water evaporates, leaving the salts, that are dissolved in the Colorado River water that is used, on the soil.

The institute has not asked that question in the past, said PPIC spokeswoman Linda Strean.

California is mired in its fourth straight year of severe drought. While not going so far as to say climate change has caused the drought, recent scientific studies have said global warming exacerbates the extreme high pressure systems that block rainfall in the Western United States.

PPIC’s past surveys have found strong support for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, including majorities across party lines a decade ago who favored California’s landmark emissions reduction law, AB32. That law requires the state to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

It was signed into law in 2006 by Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“A strong partisan divide has opened up since then,” the institute observed in its release.

Now, 79 percent of Democrats and 74 percent of independents favor the law compared with 46 percent of Republicans, the institute said.

The poll also found that large majorities of Californians favor new, more aggressive goals for combating climate change.

Eighty-two percent of those polled said they support a proposal to require half of California’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2030. And 73 percent favor cutting petroleum use in vehicles by 50 percent.

Those are key pieces of Senate Bill 350, a bill introduced earlier this year by Senate leader Kevin de Léon.

Other findings from the PPIC survey include:

  • 88 percent of adults favor building more solar power stations in California.
  • 78 percent want to boost tax credits and other incentives for rooftop solar panels.
  • 49 percent favor building the Keystone XL pipeline, while 38 percent are opposed.
  • 56 percent oppose increased use of fracking to extract oil and natural gas. It’s the highest level of opposition since PPIC started asking about it in 2013.
  • 53 percent approve of Gov. Jerry Brown’s job performance, while 47 percent approve of the way he handles environmental issues.
  • 39 percent approve of the California Legislature’s job performance.
  • 57 percent approve of President Barack Obama’s job performance.
  • 29 percent approve of Congress’ performance.

Contact reporter Chris Nichols at [email protected] or on Twitter @ChrisTheJourno


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  1. Dude
    Dude 30 July, 2015, 05:27

    Because they’re good little sheep that don’t require anything more than pseudo-science from paid off government shills “scientists”.

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    • Teddy
      Teddy 4 August, 2015, 06:50

      97% of climate scientists agree and cwd morons do not….Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzlol

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  2. Bruce
    Bruce 30 July, 2015, 06:33

    Perhaps the mainstream media, the lapdog of Brown and Obama, have been successful in presenting only one side of the issue as was illustrated in several articles of the L.A. Times where the reporter only wrote what Brown and Obama claimed…global warming. And if the sun has a greater effect on earth as in solar hibernation, what then?

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    • fredtyg
      fredtyg 30 July, 2015, 07:29

      And the L.A. Times has actually made it policy they won’t accept letters to the editor that question man caused global warming. Not sure, but they might have had it apply to online comments, too.

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      • Bruce
        Bruce 30 July, 2015, 08:44

        I’ve emailed two L.A. Times staff writers about their poor journalistic skills by not presenting both sides of the debate, and probably to no avail. But it is electronically archived. Thanks for the info about the Times.

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        • Teddy
          Teddy 4 August, 2015, 06:52

          Debate? 2 Sides?


          enjoy the clown car debate on Thursday ladies! lol

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          • Bruce
            Bruce 4 August, 2015, 15:00

            Your right about the debate, same as the clowns on the other side.
            Sunspots do matter…FYI

          • Bruce
            Bruce 4 August, 2015, 15:34

            From an independent financial viewpoint…
            The world is entering a major sovereign debt crisis and that’s going to turn many markets inside out and upside down.
            Everything you thought you knew about economics, about markets, about relationships between asset classes — will change right before your very eyes.
            Teddy, first Europe, then Japan, and finally the U.S. as our government will come after every penny we have. I have no party as all I see is one big government that loves to spend.
            You can try to bait and I will continue to warn. Global cooling is coming and so is the tax man…from both parties!

  3. Ted
    Ted 30 July, 2015, 08:49

    Why are the conservatives afraid of science? I wonder when that started? I remember well when Nixon started the EPA– strange times these.

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    • Fredtyg
      Fredtyg 30 July, 2015, 09:01

      Certainly, the vast majority of people tend to believe what “science” fits their ideology and world view. This is true of you as well as “conservatives”. However, when only one side of an issue is presented and contrary views are suppressed- as is happening with global warming- it should be frightening to all.

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      • Bruce
        Bruce 30 July, 2015, 09:53

        Ted…The EPA can produce a beneficial outcome or can be used as a tool like the IRS against Americans. At least the Huffington Post is fair on this topic as they bring in Russian scientist viewpoints.

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        • Ted
          Ted 30 July, 2015, 10:41

          I spend exactly ZERO time trying to convince others about positions I hold— it’s liberating living like that— But geeeeeezo—-the science on the side of warming etc is overwhelming—- but please enjoy your Fox News induced coma.

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          • fredtyg
            fredtyg 30 July, 2015, 11:33

            “…the science on the side of warming etc is overwhelming”.

            Only because you want to believe it is. Nothing is happening with the weather now that hasn’t happened before.

          • Bruce
            Bruce 30 July, 2015, 11:47

            Very true, and the fact that co2 emission, aka, man made global warming doesn’t hold water. History has shown high concentrations of co2, yet the earth was frozen. History does repeat itself and that is why a 206 year solar cycle peaks my interest.

          • fredtyg
            fredtyg 30 July, 2015, 12:03

            It’s funny when you point out something that doesn’t coincide with AGW theory, such as record freezes one place or another, Believers say you can’t base science on a single event. Then, when something happens they claim supports their theory- a typhoon in the Phillippines, for example- they point to that as proof they’re right.

            Yet just about any example they point to has all happened before, albeit us not being around for much of it.

            I’ve held the position, since this whole issue came about, that man does cause at least some local effects- built up areas often being a bit hotter than non- built up, for example- if only because of paving and such. My overall feeling still remains the same:

            Man’s effect on the climate, if any, is insignificant to the larger forces at play in creating the Earth’s climate.

          • Bruce
            Bruce 30 July, 2015, 11:38

            Sad to hear from an isolationist that gets in the discussion, only to withdraw…I give up!

          • Bunkerqueen
            Bunkerqueen 30 July, 2015, 13:27

            ….and yet you’re always here Tardsly…..trying to convince the doubters about the positions you hold!

    • Donkey
      Donkey 3 August, 2015, 17:58

      Teddy the Parrot wouldn’t know science if it hit him in his socialist pert little face. 🙂

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      • Teddy
        Teddy 4 August, 2015, 06:53


        I’ve killed more “socialists” than you will ever meet.


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  4. Ted
    Ted 30 July, 2015, 11:55

    I’m only withdrawing because what’s the use? Nice to chat with ya but you are always going to find a doubt and that’s that. You don’t have much of an understanding about the scientific method and you obviously get your facts from a source like Fox, or El Rushbo, or Savage or…..etc…..no offense dude.

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  5. ted
    ted 30 July, 2015, 11:58

    Only because you want to believe it is. Nothing is happening with the weather now that hasn’t happened before.

    LOL Fredy! I mean…..duh?

    It’s rained before, it’s snowed, it’s been hot, it’s been foggy, it’s been fair, etc etc etc—– is that what you understand the science of climate to be? Wow—- this is fun….

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    • fredtyg
      fredtyg 30 July, 2015, 12:05

      Yep, and now they’re pointing to this latest heat wave as proof of man caused global warming.

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  6. fredtyg
    fredtyg 30 July, 2015, 12:46

    David Friedman looks at the claim that “97% of scientists agree…”:

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  7. Ted
    Ted 30 July, 2015, 14:26


    PLEASE hurry and post more links to the Fox News dubious science reviews! Hurry!!!! I am deeply reading each one!! PLEASE post more Fox News talking points at once slave trolls!


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    • fredtyg
      fredtyg 30 July, 2015, 14:34

      This is a good illustration of what I refer to when I write that people believe what “science” they feel comfortable with based on their ideology and world view.

      I’ve seen this time and again when discussing many issues, but AGW seems the best example. If you submit contrary evidence, Believers will dismiss your sources as not being credible, or simply shills for the fossil fuel industry. Dissenting opinions are not tolerated as they’re not consistent with their world view.

      They’d have much more credibility with me if they’d exhibit at least some skepticism. David Friedman, whose link I posted earlier, is actually a believer (note the small b). But he’s at least able to accept and point out the inconsistencies and at times downright manipulation of data by those trying to make a case for AGW.

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      • Ted
        Ted 30 July, 2015, 15:04

        LOL Let me catch my breathe—- Fredy—honestly—- David Friedman???????

        he’s just SUPER!

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        • fredtyg
          fredtyg 30 July, 2015, 15:25

          He’s a very level headed guy. Once again, you prove my point by example. It wouldn’t matter who it was. You’ll attack the messenger rather than the message. Youve done that every time here. So it goes with Believers.

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          • Ted
            Ted 31 July, 2015, 08:33

            “He’s level headed”…

            LMAO— Good point— well, those are all of the climate and science credentials I’ll need to hear– you may be correct on this whole Friedman thing— guy sounds super reliable.

            and so it goes with Fox News viewers…..

    • Bruce
      Bruce 31 July, 2015, 20:14

      You certainly have an obsession with Fox News. Even a libertarian like me can see that.

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      • Ted
        Ted 3 August, 2015, 07:54

        Bruce– It’s true I am a bit concerned about Fox! And El Rushbo and the am radio crowd pumping out ignorant rhetoric 24/7 for joe sixpack….I wish the fairness doctrine was revived– and citizens united was a just a bad dream— I don’t think any of the nonsense is helping our great Nation.

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        • Bruce
          Bruce 3 August, 2015, 09:22

          And sitting independent of any party I believe the same can be said about the other side. From my viewpoint I see one big party where career before country is D.C.’s mantra and neither party is helping their citizens. The country is in sad shape and has been for over a decade.

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          • Teddy
            Teddy 3 August, 2015, 16:34

            BRUCE– the polarization is rampent on the repub side– youre a repub Bruce—-it’s ok— almost every one of these knuckleheads is an R. And, mostly of the teabag ilk. U hang out on CWD and say you’re an independent—but I know you vote R.

            It’s ok

            We need good R’s.

            Remember though— “our job is to make Obama a one termer…” The polarization and crippling gov nonsense is about 75% R driven……

  8. desmond
    desmond 30 July, 2015, 18:13

    Is everyone sad about Cecil the lion? Would it make amends to the lion community to bring some over from Africa, and place them in the inner city to chase the native prey? Bet the sights would get their brain synapses firing in the memory banks, making the mouths water, and kitties tummies rumble. What was it, the rumble in the jungle?

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  9. Queeg
    Queeg 31 July, 2015, 09:08


    Most former Pravda and Investia editors became “polling experts” in non-collectivist economies!

    You best hope Comrades 78% of public educated residents misinterpreted questions in this poll concerning gypsy sold solar panels, the biggest fraud and hoax since the American Indians tooks trinkets for Manhattan.

    How little real world reality substance is learned from unionized public school educators pushing Earth Day and once a year feel good cleaning of beach filth; the very same indoctrinating, misguided teachers begging for a job by paying union bribes to keep their jobs. Real smart!

    Spain is an economic hell hole for going whole hog into artificial energy development hoaxes. Unemployment is huge. College graduates think they may face accepting slicing Serrano ham for Tapas in Bodegas as career jobs.

    Look at California employment. Growth came from knocking out bigger, bacon heaped burgers and novel ways to fry third rate pulverized flap meat, Thai river farm raised faux seafood or Salton Sea glorified gold fish.

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  10. desmond
    desmond 31 July, 2015, 18:56

    57 percent approval for the Great Defecator.
    Says it all.

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 3 August, 2015, 18:08

      The “57%” reveals what the last two presidential elections have shown, people are not as smart as in the past. Easily side tracked by weather worship, if Teddy the Parrot has his way next we will be having witch trials for the non-believers. 🙂

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  11. Bruce
    Bruce 5 August, 2015, 06:25

    Obama is a known liar therefore I do not trust anything he or the mainstream media puppets say. Bush lied also, so trust in D.C. I have none.
    Back to Obama, the liar, and mainstream media cohorts.
    Members of Obama Administration are Related to People in the Mainstream Media-Truth!
    Seven years ago ABC News warned viewers that New York City will be under water by 2015 due to global warming.
    Is NY city under water?

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    • desmond
      desmond 10 August, 2015, 19:25

      The governor says it is already too late; time to lower the public safety retirement age to 40 with 100 percent pay with one year of employment, the 100 [email protected]

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