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New poll: Americans want tougher fuel economy standards

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A new poll by the Natural Resources Defense Council shows that respondents of all political views “overwhelmingly” endorse initiatives to curb carbon pollution from cars and trucks, according to the non-profit organization.

NRDC’s poll finds that 77 percent of Americans think “cars and trucks contribute to the problem of air pollution” a great deal or somewhat. Additionally, 95 percent of Americans want automakers to keep improving fuel economy for cars and trucks. And 79 percent want the government to keep increasing fuel efficiency standards.  

NRDC also released data ranking the states by their carbon pollution from transportation—which would be affected by the national clean transportation goals.

Of the top 20 worst emitters, seven states—California, Florida, New Jersey, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia—generate more than 40 percent of their carbon pollution from transportation; on a national average, transportation accounts for about one-third of carbon pollution.

NRDC’s poll finds that 78 percent of Americans agree that “state transportation agencies should take vehicle-related carbon pollution and climate change into account when developing transportation plans, and also seek ways to reduce that pollution.” This view is held by 92 percent of Democrats, 79 percent of Independents, and nearly two out of three (64 percent) of Republicans.

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