A brand new study highlights what we've been arguing for a long time: that not only is support for clean energy and for ending taxpayer-funded corporate welfare to the dirty energy industry the right thing to do, it's also highly popular with the American public. Here are a few findings from this new polling by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication.
- "90 percent of Americans say developing sources of clean energy should be a very high (30%), high (35%), or medium (25%) priority for the president and Congress, including 82 percent of registered Republicans, 91 percent of Independents, and 97 percent of Democrats."
- "69 percent of Americans oppose federal subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, including 67 percent of registered Republicans, 80 percent of Independents, and 68 percent of Democrats."
- "70 percent of Americans say global warming should be a very high (12%), high (25%), or medium (33%) priority for the president and Congress, including 44 percent of registered Republicans, 72 percent of Independents and 85 percent of Democrats."
- "85 percent of Americans (including 76% of registered Republicans, 83% of Independents, and 90% of Democrats) say that protecting the environment either improves economic growth and provides new jobs (54%), or has no effect (31%). Only 15 percent say environmental protection reduces economic growth and costs jobs"
In sum, the American public, regardless of political party, is way out in front of the politicians on clean energy and climate change issues. The question is, when will Washington, DC catch up to Peoria?