Poll: 6 in 10 Americans Say Oil, Gas Companies Bear Brunt of Blame for Climate Change
06:18 GMT 27.10.2021 (Updated: 13:03 GMT 23.11.2022)
The UN Environment Programme announced in its 12th, and most recent, Emissions Gap Report that the Earth is at risk of catastrophic changes to its climate due to member nations' current climate pledges and other mitigation measures. Experts say the world must halve its annual greenhouse gas emissions before 2030 to meet Paris Agreement aspirations.
On Tuesday, a new survey from The Guardian, YouGov, Vice News, and Covering Climate Now revealed that some 60% of Americans view oil and gas companies as "completely or mostly responsible" for the global climate situation.
According to survey data, the issue of acknowledging climate change as a pressing, or even real issue, appears divided along party lines within the US.
Though 89% of Democrats surveyed agreed on the reality of climate change, only some 42% of Republicans polled submitted the same response.
Of the 1,000 Americans polled, 70% of overall respondents acknowledged the occurrence of climate change.
The publication of the survey comes alongside the Tuesday issuance of the UN Environment Programme's 2021 emissions report, which warned that many national climate pledges from member nations have put the Earth on a course for a global temperature rise of 2.7°C by the end of the century.
The US has recently rejoined the Paris Agreement, which calls on parties to hold the increase in global average temperature below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pushes for the limiting of temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
However, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters on Tuesday that Biden is expected to "give a major address on climate" on the sidelines of an upcoming UN conference in Glasgow, Scotland. Environmental groups have been pushing Biden to address the ongoing climate situation head-on, rather than leave the issue for future generations to tackle.