Cap and Trade May Be Off the Table, but the Public Supports Emissions Limits

A cap-and-trade energy scheme may be off the table for the near future, but the idea of limiting greenhouse gas emissions remains popular with the U.S. public, according to new polling from National Journal and Pew: 65% favor capping carbon emissions, while 78% support a renewable electricity standard (another apparent casualty in energy reform's travails).

The poll also shows some potentially conflicted opinions on oil drilling: 69% want stricter regulations on oil drilling, while 72% want expanded exploration of coal, oil, and gas.

The Senate may vote this week on a bill responding to the Gulf oil spill, which would include new drilling regulations.

See the full results of the latest Congressional Connection Poll here.