A new poll, by Small Business Majority, provides strong evidence that support for clean energy in this country is both broad and deep. The bottom line findings from small business owners in six states (Colorado, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia) are as follows:
- "The vast majority, 71% of respondents, say government investments in clean energy play an importantrole in creating jobs and boosting the economy."
- 82% "support EPA rules to reduce mercury, arsenic, chromium, nickel and acid gas emissions from new and existing power plants," while 73% "favor proposed rules to reduce smog and soot pollution crossing state lines and contributing to pollution in other states"
- "The majority of small business owners (58%) agree the failure of Solyndra—which received a $535 million loan guarantee from the federal government—doesn’t mean the federal government should stop investing in renewable energy technologies."
- "Contrary to ideological rhetoric blaming government regulations as the primary impediment to small business growth...[o]nly 16%
of small businesses say government regulation is one of their two biggest problems."
Also worth noting, a breakout of Virginia indicates that 65% of small business owners there "favor ending government subsidies to oil and gas companies," while overwhelming majorities (79%-91%) support specific government incentives - clean energy tax credits, mandatory Renewable Portfolio Standards, clean energy research, etc. - to help move us towards a clean energy economy.
The bottom line? According to Small Business Majority, small business owners across America "want bottom-line oriented clean energy policies that increase opportunities and reduce operating costs, such as those associated with fuel and electricity." In large part, that's because they understand that we can’t keep doing what we’ve been doing in terms of energy if we want to compete in the 21st- century world economy. The only question is, when will Congress get the message?