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The Deep Differences On Environment Among California Regions

The Deep Differences On Environment Among California Regions
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A recent statewide survey revealed that there are deep regional differences among Californians when it comes to environmental issues. Being a life-long California resident with a heritage which goes back at least seven generations in the Central San Joaquin Valley, the survey confirmed what I already suspected. Conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) and released on July 27, the survey showed that in the San Joaquin Valley, the Inland Empire and Orange/San Diego Counties, some environmental issues are not considered as big a priority as in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles County.

Climate change is one area where the more politically conservative areas of the Central Valley and the Inland Empire differ in opinions from the more politically liberal areas of the Bay Area and LA, as the following charts illustrate.

Support for regulating greenhouse gas emissions differs according to regions, with  more in the Bay Area and LA County  in favor of such measures.

When it comes to local efforts to address global warming, LA County residents are the most critical.

The good news is that 61 percent of all Californians think global warming effects have already begun, up from 54 percent in 2010. Californians more likely than adults nationwide to hold this view, and over six in 10 across regions say action should be taken right away to combat global warming.

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1:20PM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

I've live in northern California my whole life. I'm frankly disappointed in these numbers. Why aren't more Californians environmentally conscious???

2:56AM PDT on Aug 13, 2011

Thanks for the article.

11:02AM PDT on Aug 11, 2011

MY son and daughter in law live in Santa MOnica, and they seem very conscious of the environment there

9:49AM PDT on Aug 11, 2011

@ Dakota P. :: With your stated opine about vehicle choice, I'm sure you travel on foot, bicycle, or a "green" solar-powered auto, none of those that use commercially produced electricity. Of course, you don't own - or never would choose to use an air conditioner, what with all the power used, and heat transferred to the neighborhood - and I'm sure you even grow your own food, using only "approved" plant growing aids, and ummm, without any unnatural pesticides. GO-GREEN!

7:42PM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

Wow, didn't know the Inland Empire was as reactionary as the Central Valley on some issues. Urban communities tend to be more open-minded than rural ones, no? Still, I find Californians overall more open-minded than the rural South or Midwest. Although after these past few summers I think those areas will start to agree about global warming.

2:56PM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

PLEASE also look at this Petition.WE REALLY NEEDS EVERYONE'S HELP.

2:48PM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

PLEASE also look at this Petition.WE REALLY NEEDS EVERYONE'S HELP.

1:18AM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

yes warming is here too dry winter

10:34PM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

We just have to all do our part to change the world. It makes me happy to know that I'm doing mine, now I just have to get the hardest of hearts to do theirs...

9:52AM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

Animals live the life they were created to live, unless humans intervene!! They are not control freaks like so many humans, who want to play God all the time. Animals are nearer to God than many people are.

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