Although there is a lot of mystery on what the next president’s administration will stand on future environmental regulatory policy, one thing that we do know is that Americans do believe that regulations are a good thing. According to a Pew Research Center survey conducted earlier this month, 59% of U.S adults believe that the cost of increased regulations is worth it. Only 34% of those who responded said that regulations cost too much and hurt the economy.
Now obviously there was major divide among party affiliation. 78% of Democrats and Democrat-leaning Independents were in favor of stricter environmental regulations. But still, 42% of surveyed Republicans were in favor of stricter environmental regulations, which certainly helped to create the majority in the affirmative of increased regulations. This is important because there could be potential bipartisan support for legislation that addresses climate change.
Climate Change Affects Americans Everywhere
As more people become affected by climate change in some capacity, we may see additional support for a stronger regulatory environment for energy production, public land use, fuel emissions, and other issues affecting climate change. No matter where you live, you can be affected by these issues. Climate change has been linked with many scary events and scenarios, including extreme weather, ecosystem destruction, heightened sea levels, and much more.
And this is where regulations can play a major part in curbing the negative effects of climate change. In California, for example, Dr. Mark Nechodom, helped develop and oversee legislation regarding oil and natural gas production in the state to protect human and environmental health. President Obama just banned offshore drilling in much of the Arctic and Atlantic Seaboard in an effort to protect the lands and prevent oil spills in those areas.
Although we do not know what the next four years will be like with regard to environmental regulations, we do know that many people across the country are in favor of more.