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As UN talks begin in Paris, poll suggests partisan divide on seriousness of climate change

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US President Barack Obama addresses the opening ceremony of the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21. JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

With the hopes of getting the entire world on the same page when it comes to averting climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, world leaders began gathering in Paris today for the 2015 U.N. Climate Change Conference.

President Obama met with Chinese and Indian officials earlier today, while the entire summit is expected to feature stakeholders from over 150 countries. As the summit begins, however, it also appears there’s still a partisan disagreement in the U.S. about just how serious the issue of climate change is.

A new Washington Post-ABC poll finds almost half of Americans say the feds should be doing more to mitigate climate change, but that number is down 14 percent from the last year of George W. Bush’s presidency. Just over half of those surveyed said that there’s still disagreement in the scientific community over the existence of climate change. But the partisan divide on global warming doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.

The poll found eight in 10 Democrats say climate change is a serious problem while only six in 10 Republicans think so.


Eric Roston, Sustainability Editor, Bloomberg Business Week; contributor to Bloomberg Businessweek’s feature issue on the Paris climate talks this week.

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