The Implication of ‘Green’ Policies
by aperd2 on March 11, 2014 - 5:13pm
Environmental awareness is becoming an increasing topic of study across all fields in todays ever-changing society. Many lawmakers believe that citizens simply do not care, do not have the knowledge, or do not want to change into a more sustainable society however, Lynn Rosentrater, a social scientist, presented research that tends to prove otherwise. Rosentrater (2013) conducted a survey of business and economics undergraduate students in June of 2009. The survey asked them different questions and had them rate their opinions a 7-scale system, 1 being very unlikely and 7 being extremely likely. The data showed that the majority of the students believed that climate change is occurring and more than 80% identified carbon dioxide as a cause. They also found that only 52% of students supported a carbon tax, which could reduce emissions. 74% of the students said that they would support tax-funded research to make renewable energy technologies cheaper and more effective, and also increasing automobile fuel-efficiency (Rosentrater, 2013, p. 958). This data shows that this sample of the population is very away of climate damage, what is causing it, and is willing to make a change.
A major implication of Rosentrater’s (2013) data is that politicians can reference it when creating new policies to move society into a more suitable way of life. It is important for us to completely move away from fossil fuels and move to more renewable recourses. The data showed that over half the students surveyed would support a carbon tax (Rosentrater, 2013, p. 958). This would be extremely beneficial to the environment because it would force people to move toward renewable resources. People would not want to pay high fossil fuel prices and therefore opt for using alternative energy sources. Another policy that would be supported is the use of tax dollars for research, increasing the use renewable energies, and increasing fuel efficiency (Rosentrater, 2013, p. 958). I believe it is necessary for politicians to look at this study and notice that people want to change and are willing to pay the price to move to a more suitable way of living.
Rosentrater L, Sælensminde I, O’Connor R, (2013). Efficacy Trade-Offs in Individuals’ Support for Climate Change Policies. Environment & Behavior, 45(8), 935-970.