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Thu Mar 28, 2013, 07:54 PM

Americans Want More Emphasis on Solar, Wind, Natural Gas

Americans Want More Emphasis on Solar, Wind, Natural Gas
Oil, nuclear, and coal are more popular with Republicans and in the South

by Dennis Jacobe, Chief Economist

PRINCETON, NJ -- No fewer than two in three Americans want the U.S. to put more emphasis on producing domestic energy using solar power (76%), wind (71%), and natural gas (65%). Far fewer want to emphasize the production of oil (46%) and the use of nuclear power (37%). Least favored is coal, with about one in three Americans wanting to prioritize its domestic production.



Democrats' and independents' top choice is solar power, while natural gas places first among Republicans. Republicans and Democrats disagree most on the priority that should be given to oil as a future energy source -- with 71% of Republicans wanting more emphasis placed on it, compared with 29% among Democrats. Republicans are also much more supportive than Democrats of coal (51% vs. 21%) and nuclear power (49% vs. 30%).

Where Americans live makes a difference in their views about which sources of domestic energy they want the U.S. to emphasize more. Those living in the South tend to be more supportive of traditional energy sources such as oil and coal than are those in other regions.

Still, for Americans in every region, including the South, solar power is the top choice, or is tied for the top spot, among the energy sources tested.



Implications

The United States has a ...

http://www.gallup.com/poll/161519/americans-emphasis-solar-wind-natural-gas.aspx

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Response to kristopher (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 08:49 PM

1. Well, you better start swimming, or you'll sink like a stone....

For the times, they are a' changin.

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Sat Mar 30, 2013, 01:05 AM

2. Another one of those stupid polls.

One that shows that Americans really want something.

But the press doesn't see it that way, and would bring on an oil/coal lobbyist to explain how that's not what the poll says at all. And we won't even begin with what Congress would do with this info. (See! 31% of Americans want more coal!)


Good stuff, thanks for posting that.

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Response to Archaic (Reply #2)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 01:13 PM

3. Bingo.

The disconnect has reached the point of absurdity.

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