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Policy: Environment & Energy

Attention Democrats: Global warming not a top priority in America

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Seriously, guys, it’s time to give it a rest.

Just one day after Democrats pulled an all-nighter on the doom-and-gloom scenarios of global warming, a new Gallup poll shows that Americans just aren't interested.

Fifty-one percent of Americans said they worried about climate change “a little” or “not at all.” To be fair, 49 percent said they cared about climate change a “great deal” or “fair amount,” but the issue was at the bottom of a list ranking America's top worries. The only thing people care less about is race relations.

So what do Americans care about?

The economy, duh. Also, government spending and the debt.

Something else Americans care more about than global warming? Affordable, available energy - something global warming policies will harm. Sixty-seven percent of Americans care a great deal or fair amount about energy prices, 18 percentage points more than care about global warming concerns.

The other surprising find in the poll is that “the availability and affordability of health care” has shot up to the third-biggest concern for Americans. Seventy-seven percent of Americans now care a great deal or a fair amount about the cost of health care.

Compare this with September 2013 (just before enrollment for Obamacare and the disastrous rollout of healthcare.gov occurred), when just 10 percent saw health care as the nation's most important problem.

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