Washington, DC — A new poll from Public Policy Polling, or PPP, commissioned by the Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAP Action), reveals that Florida voters support the Clean Power Plan and disapprove of Attorney General Pam Bondi’s efforts to block it.
The Clean Power Plan is a commonsense standard that allows states flexibility in determining how to meet carbon pollution reduction targets. The plan places the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants, protects public health, and incentivizes clean, renewable energy.
The Clean Power Plan is backed by a 66 percent majority of Floridians, the survey found, 46 percent of whom say they “strongly favor” the plan. Just 28 percent of voters surveyed are in opposition to the plan. At the same time, a 54 percent majority of voters disapprove of Bondi’s attempt to block the plan in the courts.
Bondi, according to a recent CAP Action analysis, does not deny the science of climate change, but “is not going to get into a philosophical discussion” on the topic. In the meantime, she’s taken $23,750 from dirty energy interests throughout her political career.
“We know that the Clean Power Plan enjoys broad public support across the country, and that’s no different in Florida,” said Jillian Murphy, Associate Director, Climate Communications at CAP Action. “It’s clear Attorney General Bondi is ignoring the will of her constituents and instead doing the dirty work of her dirty energy campaign donors. Floridians are on the front lines of climate change every day, but their elected officials would rather block commonsense protections than take meaningful action to protect their constituents.”
Bondi and 26 other attorneys general take their crusade against the Clean Power Plan to court next week on September 27, 2016 when the full nine judge panel of the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear oral arguments en banc in the case West Virginia, et al. v. EPA.
The PPP survey was conducted earlier this month among 532 Florida voters. CAP Action commissioned polls in Colorado and Michigan, which similarly showed strong support for the Clean Power Plan and a majority of voters disapproving of their attorney general’s actions to block it.
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