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Americans still concerned on climate change, but less supportive of major action, MIT survey finds

In a recent MIT survey, Americans expressed less urgency about dealing with climate change than they did three years ago — but still far more than they did six years ago. About half of the 2009 respondents believed that the United States should join an international treaty aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“Despite the back-off since the 2006 survey, we’ve come a long way in public support for doing something about climate change since the first survey in 2003,” says Howard Herzog, senior research engineer in the MIT Energy Initiative.

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