By now most of you probably agree that global warming is a matter of scientific fact.
Where the slope gets slippery is when armchair meteorologists try to figure out what, exactly, this warm-up is doing to our day-to-day weather. Blame a heat wave on global warming and you could be labeled a crackpot.
But California's record drought has been ongoing for four years now. It's not just weather. It's a pattern.
Nearly two-thirds of Golden State adults believe that global warming has contributed to the drought, according to the latest Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) survey.
Consistent with that, 62 percent of us think the effects of global warming have commenced. A slight majority of Californians, 52 percent, believe global warming is “very serious,” PPIC says. Eighty-four percent of us have some level of concern about global warming.
“The threat of global warming to the state’s future is a shared belief among inland and coastal residents and Californians across racial and ethnic groups,” says PPIC president Mark Baldassare. “But there are persistent partisan divisions on climate change.”
If you're a Republican, you're much less likely to believe the planet's heat-up is already changing the Cali climate. Only 37 percent of those who identify with that Grand Old Party say global warming's effects are here. Seventy-three percent of Democrats think that's the case.
Latinos (69 percent) are most likely to believe global warming is rocking our immediate world. African-Americans, (63 percent), Asian-Americans (60 percent) and white folks (58 percent) round out that greenhouse-gas rainbow.
The top environmental issue for Golden State residents? Survey said … water, or lack thereof, at a rate of 58 percent.
Asked if they would support legislation (SB 350) that would halve cars' use of gasoline by the year 2030, 73 percent of Golden State adults said yes.
And yeah, a majority of adults and registered voters (67 and 64 percent, respectively) want California government to give you money (aka tax credits and incentives) to buy electric cars, which it does.
Of course, you don't all necessarily want to pay more taxes to fix our worst-in-the-nation roads or to improve our craptacular schools, but you'll take this magically free money for a Nissan Leaf.
That'll fix things.