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Published on March 5th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan


Even Conservatives Love Clean Energy

March 5th, 2012 by  

I’m in the congressional district of Vern Buchanan, Florida’s 13th congressional district. Buchanan is a Republican and, these days, that means he’s quite fossil-fuel-friendly and opposed to clean energy. Somehow, I got on Buchanan’s mailing list at some point in the last few years. Something his team loves to do is focus emails around a hot topic and poll. Often the wording of these polls is insanely biased and leads an uninformed person to vote a certain way. With his base probably more attentive to FOX News than the Daily Show, I don’t know how much difference it makes. I actually stay subscribed out of curiosity and to better understand the methods such politicians use and the way they frame things to continue the spreading of misinformation around the U.S.

Again, with his mailing list base being mostly his previous supporters, poll results often line up with the agenda of FOX News. So, when I received a recent one on how to make America more energy independent, and “Invest in alternative energy sources, such as solar, wind and bio-diesel” ranked rather high, I was a little surprised. Really, only ‘a little’, because I already know that people across the political spectrum support clean energy. But, from my previous experiences with Buchanan’s polls, it was a bit of an uplift. You can see a screenshot below of the results as of my submission, but be sure to note that the completely loaded question was: “Gas prices have surged to $3.58 a gallon nationally – the highest February on record. What do you think is the single most important action we should take to make America more energy independent?

Interestingly, Buchanan doesn’t mention EVs. However, he includes electricity-generating sources that generally aren’t related to gas prices in any way but through EVs. not very clear and probably had people scratching their heads or just shooting straight to an oil option, since they know how oil is related to gas prices (well, they know it’s related — probably don’t actually know how they are related). Nonetheless, an answer hardly related to transportation, except through the unmentioned link of EVs, is doing pretty well. Here’s that screenshot:



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