DEEP was established on July 1, with the consolidation of the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Public Utility Control, and energy policy staff from other areas of state government. These bureaus protect the air, land and water resources of the state by regulating air emissions, wastewater discharges and solid and hazardous wastes. Tools used include the development of regulations, policies and standards; permitting and enforcement; air and water quality monitoring; and public outreach and education. The Environmental Conservation Branch consists of two bureaus.
These findings come after a year of change in climate and energy regulatory policies under the Trump administration. The national survey by Pew Research Center, conducted March April 9 among 2, adults, finds pockets of partisan agreement over expanding solar and wind power, though wide political divides remain over increasing fossil fuels through such methods as coal mining, hydraulic fracturing and offshore drilling for oil and natural gas, a pattern consistent with a Pew Research Center survey.
More Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents give priority to protecting the environment as well as increasing reliance on renewable energy sources; a larger share of Republicans and independents who lean to the GOP put priority on reducing U.
Consistent with past studies, Republicans and Democrats remain divided over whether the Earth is warming and the importance of human activity in the process. Similarly, Democrats are much more likely than are Republicans to express concern about the issue of climate change and to see at least some effects of global warming in their local community or in their own lives.
There are wide political divides over the consequences of policies aimed at climate change that hold even among those who agree that the Earth has been warming.
Republicans, particularly conservative Republicans, are less convinced that tougher fuel efficiency standards for vehicles or tax incentives to encourage more individuals to drive hybrid and electric cars will make a difference in reducing climate change.
Generational differences emerge on some energy and climate issues, but such differences occur primarily among Republicans, not Democrats.
Republican Millennials are less inclined than their elders in the GOP to support increased use of fossil fuel energy sources through such methods as offshore drilling, hydraulic fracturing and coal mining.
Among Democrats, there are no more than modest differences by generation on beliefs about these climate and energy issues. Most Americans say government is doing too little to protect the environment, but conservative Republicans tend to disagree During the first year of the Trump administration, the Environmental Protection Agency has rolled back more than 30 environmental regulationsand it recently announced a plan to lower carbon emissions standards on automobiles.
Also, two-thirds of U. Political leanings have a profound influence on how Americans view government activity. By contrast, minorities of conservative Republicans believe the government is doing too little in these areas. Views of government performance in this area shifted among both Republicans and Democrats.
More Republicans say reducing reliance on foreign energy sources should be a top policy priority; more Democrats say the U. As is often the case with issues related to energy and the environment, there is a partisan divide over how best to prioritize U.
And large majorities of Americans favor expanding at least two types of renewable sources to provide energy: These figures are in keeping with the findings of a Pew Research Center survey. Robust support for expanding solar and wind power represents a rare point of bipartisan consensus in how the U.
Moderate or liberal Republicans tend to be more divided than their conservative counterparts over fossil fuels. The political divide over nuclear energy, a carbon-neutral technology, is less pronounced than it is over fossil fuels: In keeping with previous Pew Research Center surveyswomen tend to be less supportive of expanding nuclear power than men, even after controlling for political party.
Men are more closely divided on this issue: Political divides over expanding the use of offshore drilling, hydraulic fracturing and nuclear power are consistent with past Pew Research Center surveys using somewhat different question wording and polling methods.
Americans lean toward the importance of regulations to increase renewable energy use vs. On balance, most U. These findings are in keeping with a Pew Research Center reportwhich used slightly different question wording and methods. On balance, most Americans believe it is possible to reduce the effects of climate change, and about half say that policy efforts to diminish those effects have a net benefit for the environment.
However, views on how such policies impact the economy are mixed, with roughly even shares saying these policies have a net positive, net negative and no effect on the economy. There are wide partisan differences on climate issues, as has been found in more than a decade of surveys.
Political divides are found in issues ranging from what drives climate change to how policies aimed at climate change reduction will affect the environment and the economy.
There are wide differences in beliefs about climate change by politics. While previous Pew Research Center surveys have asked about this issue using somewhat different question wording and polling methods over time, surveys since have found wide political differences in public views about climate change and the role of human activity.
Perceptions of consensus among climate scientists are also divided along political lines Americans were also asked what they understand to be the view of most climate scientists on climate change.
Several analyses of scholarly publications suggest widespread agreement among climate scientists that human activity is the primary cause of climate change.
Those who perceived at least some effect of climate change in their local community were asked to consider if climate change has had a personal impact in their lives. Overall, about three-in-ten U. Respondents who said climate change has affected their community were then asked how they felt their local area was affected.
Among the general public, perceptions of whether and how much climate change is affecting their local community are tied to political party and ideology.
Even among those who say the Earth is warming, Republicans are less inclined than Democrats to see climate change affecting their local community. Most liberal Democrats expect climate change policies to benefit the environment, while most conservative Republicans expect either no improvement or more harm than benefit When it comes to policies aimed at reducing the effects of global climate change, about half of U.30 Ways to Protect the Environment Here are 30 quick tips to help protect our environment.
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