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State of the rockies conservation in the west poll

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Results from recent Conservation in the West Polls from Colorado College's State of the Rockies project show strong support for protecting the environment.

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State of the rockies conservation in the west poll

  1. 1. Conservation in the West Poll 8/7/2013
  2. 2. 8/7/2013 2Source: State of the Rockies Project 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% 2011 2012 Sometimes protections for land and water and a strong economy are in conflict and we must choose one over the other We can protect land and water and have a strong economy with good jobs at the same time, without having to choose one over the other Environment versus economy in the West Respondents were asked which most closely represented their point of view on the economy vs. protecting land and water.
  3. 3. As part of efforts to improve the state economy and generate jobs as quickly as possible, some people have proposed reducing protections on land, air and water that apply to major industries, including construction and agriculture. 8/7/2013 3 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% 2011 2012 Maintain protections for land, air and water that apply to major industries Reduce protections for land, air and water that apply to major industries Environment versus jobs in the West Source: State of the Rockies Project
  4. 4. Laws that affect our daily lives 8/7/2013 4 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% Total 2013 Burdensome regulations that tie up industry in red tape, hurt them too much financially, and cost jobs Important safeguards to protect private property owners, public health and taxpayers from toxic pollution and costly clean‐ups When you hear about the laws that govern industry's responsibility for clean water, clean air, natural areas and wildlife do you think those are more likely to be… Source: State of the Rockies Project
  5. 5. The importance of public land 8/7/2013 5 75% 80% 85% 90% 95% 100% Arizona Colorado Montana New Mexico Utah Wyoming 2013 Residents agree that our national parks, forests, monuments, and wildlife areas are an essential part of the economy. Source: State of the Rockies Project
  6. 6. 8/7/2013 6 Worry over environmental issues: the West 50% 55% 60% 65% 70% 75% 80% 85% 2011 2012 2013 Total Serious Loss of family farms and ranches Pollution of rivers, lakes and streams Air pollution and smog Inadequate water supplies Loss of habitat for fish and wildlife Cuts to funding for state parks, protection of our natural areas and water quality The impact of oil and gas drilling on our land, air and water When read a list of environmental issues some people say are problems in each state, respondents were asked about the severity of each problem. Source: State of the Rockies Project
  7. 7. Renewable energy and job creation in the West 8/7/2013 7 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 2011 2012 Will create new jobs in state Will not affect jobs in state Will cost jobs in state Which of the following comes closer to your point of view. Increasing the use of renewable energy sources like wind and solar power… Source: State of the Rockies Project
  8. 8. Interest in renewable energy in the West 8/7/2013 8 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 2012 2013 Solar Power Wind Power Natural Gas Energy Efficiency Efforts Oil Nuclear Coal Note: nuclear not a choice in 2012 Which one of the following sources of energy would you want to encourage the use of (combined choice by total)? Source: State of the Rockies Project
  9. 9. Energy preferences in the West 8/7/2013 9 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 2012 2013 Coal Nuclear Oil Wind Power Natural Gas Solar Power Energy Efficiency Efforts Note: nuclear not a choice in 2012 Which one of the following sources of energy would you want to discourage the use of (combined choice by total)? Source: State of the Rockies Project
  10. 10. Interest in renewables – solar power by state 8/7/2013 10 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 2012 2013 Arizona Colorado Montana New Mexico Utah Wyoming Source: State of the Rockies Project
  11. 11. Interest in renewables – coal power by state 8/7/2013 11 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% 2012 2013 Arizona Colorado Montana New Mexico Utah Wyoming Source: State of the Rockies Project
  12. 12. Support for regulating carbon emissions 8/7/2013 12 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% Strongly Support Somewhat Support Somewhat Oppose Strongly Oppose 2012 2011 Do you support or oppose the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requiring reductions in carbon emissions from sources like power plants, cars and factories in an effort to reduce global warming? Source: State of the Rockies Project
  13. 13. 8/7/2013 13 ecowest.org Download more slides and other resources Contact us by e-mailing mitch@ceaconsulting.com

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