According to a new survey of 1,049 Americans, there is "a major gulf between the views of Americans and the Congress/White House on energy policy," with the American people overwhelmingly supporting a move away from fossil fuels and towards clean energy. A few key findings of the survey include:
- "Fossil fuel subsidies are opposed by Americans on a bipartisan basis," with "a strikingly uniform 59 percent of Republicans, 65 percent of Independents, 59 percent of Democrats, and 59 percent of Tea Party members" all in agreement.
- "A strong majority of Americans want the U.S. to make the investments needed to be a clean energy leader on a global basis."
- "If Washington had to choose between fossil fuel/nuclear subsidies and wind/solar subsidies, 'clean energy' aid would get support from three times more Americans than fossil fuel/nuclear energy subsidies."
- "Few Americans want Washington to adopt a laissez faire approach to energy issues. "
- "Americans do not see more clean energy as a roadblock to economic recovery."
- "Most Americans want continued movement away from fossil fuels" (76%, "including 62 percent of Republicans, 76 percent of Independents, 90 percent of Democrats and half of Tea Party supporters").
- "Most Americans would favor a moratorium on coal-fired power plants" ("including 55 percent of Republicans, 68 percent of Independents, 72 percent of Democrats, and about half (49 percent) of Tea Party backers").
- "Few Americans dismiss a connection between extreme weather events and climate change."
In other words, it turns out that continued subsidies and other forms of support for fossil fuels is not just bad policy, it's also the exact opposite of the direction most Americans - of all political persuasions - want to go. The question is, when will the fossil-fuel-funded politicians in Washington, DC get the message?