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Americans Want Clean Energy, Not More Oil to Solve Energy Crisis

New Polling Shows That Most Americans Believe Now Is The Time For Clean Energy Investments


A large majority (72 percent) of Americans believe that our
country has the technology to move from its reliance on oil and other
dirty fuels to support investments in clean, smart energy choices,
according to new polling data released by the Natural Resources Defense
Council (NRDC).

"The American
public understands that clean energy solutions are available right
now," said Dr. Dan Lashof, Director of the Climate Center at NRDC. "As
new leadership arrives in Washington, it is clear that Americans are
looking for innovative energy solutions that will end our dependence on
oil, create millions of jobs and solve global warming."

Some of the survey's notable findings include:

  • 84
    percent believe that higher gas prices mean we need to move away from
    our dependence on oil and toward renewable energy and energy efficiency.
  • 77 percent believe we are capable of developing energy alternatives to reduce our economy's dependence on oil and gas.
  • 72 percent believe we already have the technology to do this.

people are presented with a variety of energy choices, Americans want
investment in clean, renewable energy to stabilize our costs and create
a more sustainable future," said Dr. Lashof. "These solutions -- like
the wind, sun, and Earth's natural heat -- are available and Americans
want us to start using them now."

survey examined Americans' views toward a number of policies to address
the country's energy crisis, and a majority of Americans - even during
a time of record gas prices - stated the following would make a "great
deal of difference" in solving our energy problems:

  • Improving fuel efficiency to an average of 50 miles per gallon (68 percent).
  • Investing in renewable energy such as wind, solar, and geothermal energy (68 percent).
  • Building more wind farms (64 percent).
  • Improving home efficiency (61 percent).

telephone survey was conducted by Belden Russonello and Stewart in
October. The survey interviewed 800 adults and has a margin of error of
3.2 percent:

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