NSAPOCC: Americans are skeptical of geoengineering solutions to climate change

May 31, 2012

The latest version of the National Survey of American Public Opinion on Climate Change (NSAPOCC), co-authored by Barry Rabe, has been published in the May 2012 edition of "Issues in Governance Studies" by The Brookings Institution.

The latest findings in the three-year survey examined Americans' attitudes toward adapting to a warmer climate and their confidence in geoengineering to mitigate climate change. Though most Americans – seven of 10 – are skeptical of scientists' ability to counteract temperature increases, two-thirds of Americans also "said that they do not agree that we should shift attention away from trying to stop global warming and instead focus on adaptation."

Rabe, a professor of public policy and the environment at the Ford School, is a nonresident senior fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution. He co-authored the report with Christopher P. Borick from the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion.

[Download of a PDF of the full paper here.]