CHARLESTON, W.Va. — An increasing number of West Virginians are open to regulation to help protect the environment.
The MetroNews Dominion Post West Virginia Poll asked whether this country should do whatever it takes to protect the environment or if the country has gone too far in its efforts to protect the environment.
Percent - Country
Sixty-seven percent responded that the country should do whatever it takes.
That’s up from the 51 percent who held that view in 2014, the last time the West Virginia Poll asked that question.
Interpretation - Effects - Obama-era - Regulations - Coal
“My interpretation is that there were effects of Obama-era regulations on the coal industry in particular that created a lot of angst among people in West Virginia,” said professional pollster Rex Repass, the author of the West Virginia Poll.
“Today the regulations have been loosened, but the pendulum may be swinging a bit more. Those regulations have been relaxed with the Trump administration, and more miners are working. There is greater concern with the environment than in 2014.”
Split - Response - People - Affiliations - Majorities
There is a split in the response among people of different political affiliations, but still majorities in both who express support for environmental protection.
The poll shows 84 percent of Democrats supporting whatever it takes to protect the environment with 52 percent of Republicans expressing that view.
President - Trump - Coal - Industry - Administration
President Trump has advocated repeatedly for bringing back the coal industry. His administration last month unveiled a replacement for the Clean Power Plan that would provide greater flexibility to states.
The new Affordable Clean Power plan received applause from the coal industry, but concern from others because of estimates that increased pollution would result in the premature deaths of 350 to 1,500 people a year.
Economy - Repass - People - Regulations - Jobs
With an improved economy, Repass suggested, more people are concluding “regulations are relaxed and those jobs are back, but we need to be careful with the environment.”
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