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EPA Chief Denies Science Behind Poll Showing No One Cares About Global Warming

"You've got to read other polling..."

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy makes remarks during a news conference Wednesday, May 21, 2014, in Salt Lake City. The head of the EPA was in Salt Lake City Tuesday to talk about the agency's efforts to reduce carbon pollution. The Utah appearance by EPA administrator McCarthy is her first stop in a three-city tour that also includes Seattle and Portland. She is meeting with politicians, local leaders and business people as the EPA tries to implement President Barack Obama's climate-change plan. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said Friday that she puts no faith in a major poll done in January that showed Americans generally don't see global warming as a priority for the country.

Pew Research Center released the results in January, which said that of 23 issues, "global warming" was the second to last on the list when it comes to people's priorities for the country. "Scientific research" polled higher, and "global trade" was dead last.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy gestures during an announcement of a plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, Monday, June 2, 2014, at EPA headquarters in Washington. In a sweeping initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming, the Obama administration unveiled a plan Monday that cuts carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third over the next 15 years, but pushes the deadline for some states to comply until long after President Barack Obama leaves office. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) AP Photo/ Evan Vucci EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said Friday that she doesn't believe a major poll done in January saying Americans don't care that much about global warming. Image: AP Photo/ Evan Vucci

The broad issue of "environment" polled about in the middle for those polled, and the top three were terrorism, the economy and jobs.

But in an event hosted by the New Republic Friday, McCarthy rejected the poll's findings, and said Americans actually care quite a bit about global warming.

"You've got to read other polling that's been done, because in my opinion, since the president has really stepped up and taken a leadership role here, a very vocal and visible one, the dynamics have changed considerably," she said.

"And there are things that have happened in that intervening time that continue the momentum forward."

Image source: Pew Research Center

Her rejection of the poll data from one of the country's major polling organizations is somewhat ironic, as she and other Democrats have accused Republicans of ignoring what they say is evidence that human activity is leading to a warmer planet.

According to McCarthy, California's recent decision to clamp down on water usage in the state is one new issue that has gotten people more interested in global warming. A reduced snowpack has clearly led to shortages there, but Republicans say efforts by environmentalists to protect certain fish has made the drought far worse than it needs to be.

"His message in California is reverberating all across the U.S.," she said of California Gov. Jerry Brown (D). "People are beginning to realize that this is very personal."

While McCarthy couldn't point to any new poll showing global warming is more of a concern, she said she believes there is very widespread support to fight global warming among the public.

"I believe there is broad public support for climate change, which does not always translate effectively into the political support," she said. "But there is growing political support because the public wants a low-carbon future."

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