Green group pushes poll showing support for EPA climate rules


An environmental group is touting polls showing residents of some key states support President Obama's power-plant rules, as the Senate is poised to take up two resolutions to block his signature environmental regulation next week.

The Sierra Club released polling by Public Policy Polling Friday that showed residents in Missouri, Maine, Illinois, Ohio, Virginia and Iowa say they trust the Environmental Protection Agency on air and water pollution more than Congress. The poll found majorities in each state favored the Clean Power Plan, which requires states to cut their emissions one-third by 2030.

"This data clearly shows that majorities in these states support the EPA's Clean Power Plan," said Grace McRae, polling and research policy director at Sierra Club. "Voters across the partisan spectrum want the EPA to limit dangerous carbon pollution and are ready to support candidates who will act to make that happen."