The L.A. Times has just published a new Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll on global warming and the environment. According to the poll, “Americans are growing increasingly concerned about what could be considered competing concerns – maintaining a healthy natural environment and cheap available energy - and would like to see the federal government take a more aggressive stance on both”.
However, although over 70% of respondents said that global warming is a serious problem, less than 10% said the government should mandate stricter mileage standards, and only 11% were in favor of capping emissions from vehicles and businesses. Rather, they prefer to see the problem solved by market incentives and new technology.
We intend for the Automotive X PRIZE to help – driving innovation, investment, exposure, and public demand. However, I suspect that the desire for government mandates will increase if oil prices surge again or climate change feels increasingly real (heat waves, brownouts/blackouts, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, …).