August 13, 2022
Survey: Inland Empire weighs in on drought, water supplies and climate
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Residents of Riverside and San Bernardino counties have strong opinions about climate change, the proliferation of wildfires and the condition of the state’s oceans and beaches.

An opinion survey issued Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) found 52% in the Inland Empire believe that climate change is contributing to wildfires. Less than half in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties and in the San Francisco Bay Area agree.

There’s an even wider gap on whether the condition of the oceans and beaches is important to the state’s future economy and quality of life. Sixty-nine percent in the Inland Empire agree, but only 54% in Orange and San Diego counties.

Water supply is an even bigger problem with 76 percent of those surveyed in the Inland Empire saying it is. Residents questioned in all other areas share a less concern with a statewide average of 68 percent.

More than half of Californians say that higher gasoline prices have been a financial hardship.

More than seven in ten believe that alternative energy sources should be prioritized over fossil fuels.
Story Date: August 10, 2022
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