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Revealed: 60% of Americans say oil firms are to blame for the climate crisis

Added 10-26-21 08:09:02am EST - “While a strong majority of Americans believe global heating is happening, a new Guardian poll shows sharp partisan divides” - Theguardian.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theguardian.com: “Revealed: 60% of Americans say oil firms are to blame for the climate crisis”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

While a strong majority of Americans believe global heating is happening, a new Guardian poll shows sharp partisan divides

A majority of Americans want to see oil and gas companies held to account for lying about the climate crisis and contributing to global heating, according to a new YouGov poll commissioned by the Guardian, Vice News, and Covering Climate Now.

Released today, the poll reveals that the US remains sharply divided over the causes of the deepening environmental emergency following the fossil fuel industry’s long campaign to downplay and deny climate science. That division falls largely along political lines, with Democrats and Republicans at odds over the source of climate disinformation.

The poll surveyed 1,000 American adults and found that 70% said global warming was happening. More than 60% said oil and gas companies were “completely or mostly responsible”.

But while Democrats overwhelmingly (89%) accept the scientific basis of the climate emergency, opinion is split among Republicans. Just 42% of Republicans agreed that global warming is a reality while 36% denied it. The remainder said they didn’t know.

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