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Earth Day at 37

As the 37th annual observance of Earth Day approaches, just three percent of Americans say the natural environment in the world today is in "excellent" shape.

An additional 20 percent say it is in "good" shape, and 41 percent say it is in just "fair" shape. About a third rate the Earth's natural environment as "poor" or "very poor."

But few are resigned to the current state of the environment: eight in 10 Americans, in the latest Post-ABC News-Stanford University poll said they'd be willing to change their own habits in order to improve the environment. They said that was true even if it meant some personal inconvenience on their part.

In fact, many reported that they've already made efforts to reduce their energy consumption by recycling, switching to compact flourescent light bulbs and installing water-saving bathroom fixtures. However, few consider a manufacturer's environmental record when deciding what to buy.

Actions taken to reduce personal use of energy:

YesNoDon't know
Recycle household trash75%25%*
Use compact flourescent light bulbs70282
Have low-volume toilet or low-flow showerhead69229
Consider manufacturer's environmental record when shopping18811

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By Jennifer Agiesta  |  April 20, 2007; 8:00 AM ET
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Asking people if helping the environment, at the expense of inconvienence or cost is bizarre. The examples of energy saving bulbs, low water toilets etc. only save me money and don't inconvienance me at all. I guess the myths and propaganda of those beholden to fossil fuel wealth have done its duty. As a person with a technical background I can assure you that humans always adapt to change doing better than they always have. So yes we will reduce our imprint with cleaner technology, that is less expensive and serves our needs better than what we have today. I can't wait for electric car technology to be formally launched. The prospect of a vehicle that saves me money to operate, less complexity, less maintenence, less expensive and configurable to the nth degree not to mention cars that can be watercraft with a plug-n-play swap of leaseable components. Ok, so there is no reason to have GM or Ford involved anymore but they had all the opportunities and blew it. Electric cars do not need motors, transmissions, axels, suspensions, mufflers, or the cabs that are custom designed around these components. People will build what they want with leased components. What do you want from the future? just dream it, speak of it and American engineers will produce it.

Posted by: Rich Rosenthal | April 20, 2007 2:45 PM | Report abuse

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