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Published on May 15th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan


76% of Americans Want Clean Energy Instead of Nuclear, Natural Gas, & Coal

May 15th, 2012 by  


Yet another recent poll showed that Americans really support clean energy, across political affiliations (though, there’s clearly more support on the left).

The ORC International survey, conducted for the nonprofit and nonpartisan Civil Society Institute (CSI), found that 76% of Americans (58% of Republicans, 83% of Independents, and 88% of Democrats) want to see “a reduction in our reliance on nuclear power, natural gas and coal, and instead, launch a national initiative to boost renewable energy and energy efficiency.” (And who knows what the remaining 24% are smoking?)

Not only that, the public has clearly picked up on the fact that corrupt politics is a key reason we don’t have more of that. 82% of Americans (69% of Republicans, 84% of Independents, and 95% of Democrats) agree with this statement: “The time is now for a new, grassroots-driven politics to realize a renewable energy future.  Congress is debating large public investments in energy and we need to take action to ensure that our taxpayer dollars support renewable energy– one that protects public health, promotes energy independence and the economic well being of all Americans.”

Wow. I’m shocked that such a high percentage of Americans is behind a “grassroots-driven politics.”

“Our survey is a call to action:  Americans across the political spectrum think that it is time for decisive action toward a renewable energy future that will protect public health and provide reliable and cost effective energy,” Pam Solo, founder and president, Civil Society Institute, said. “They are ready for leadership and, when offered choices in energy futures, choose an energy path that will protect public health and not sacrifice the quality of our air and water.  Americans believe the partisan gridlock can only be challenged by a grassroots-driven process that challenges the undue political influence of the fossil fuel and nuclear power interests.”

Now, the question is just this: how do we get this going?

Source (with many more details): Civil Society Institute
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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species) with the power of the word. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor, but he's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as a solar energy, electric car, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

  • This goes along with the fact coal use is really dropping. As more Americans are getting more interested in helping the environment, and themselves, the use of coal (and other ‘dirty power’) will be dropping.

  • So, 26% of our fellow citizens want dirty power……..isn’t is kinda weird, that there is always at least 25% of Americans who don’t want what is part of the solution, but complain about the problems?
    This is directly related to the kind of standards for parenting and education we have in this country. We are raising more and more socially irrespondsible people who are actually in the way of us becoming a forward looking country…..with these idiots, it’s “all about me”…and with all the pent up anger, greed, and discontent for the government, it is highly energized, and continues to thwart us in many ways.

    • yeah, i know, that’s the real surprise and sad thing.

  • JohnnySmith0

    Republicans: We do the opposite of what the other party is doing.

  • Rick

    With all due respect, the language of that second statement is ridiculously loaded, so those numbers are skewed high.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Loaded how?

      Skewed high how?

  • Jeff King

    We need a green party like germany has to occupy every level of our government

    • Ross

      The mainstream parties need to steal the green party clothes as they’re clearly attractive.

    • Bob_Wallace

      We had a Green Party.

      It shot itself in the foot.

      I don’t think there is any way we get past a two party system in this country. The way to make progress is to educate the entire populace so that Democrats make the changes needed and Republicans don’t throw up too many roadblocks.

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