Californians want more done about global warming, fail to do things themselves

A new survey from the Public Policy Institute of California is encouraging. It points out that state residents are concerned about global warming and want the government to do more to cut air pollution.

But the same survey is discouraging when it comes to residents' actions that could lead to change.

The report, released Wednesday, points out that 77 percent of those polled view global warming as either a very serious or somewhat serious threat to the state's future economy and quality of life. A majority of residents (66 percent) even favor the state leading the way on fighting global warming, including making policies separate from the federal government to address the issue.

Also in the poll is the concern over air pollution. Sixty-two percent of those polled say such pollution is either a big problem or somewhat of a problem in the region in which they live.

However, there is some bad news in the poll's findings: Residents seemingly are not willing to take individual measures to curb their impact on the environment.

Sixty-seven percent of respondents said they drive to work alone. A mere 14 percent acknowledge carpooling. Public transit falls way behind at just 8 percent, walking at 4 percent and biking at 3 percent for modes of transport to work.

The survey shows it is easy to ask someone else to fix a problem but much more difficult to make personal changes to help correct it.

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