Pennsylvania Support for Renewable Energy Crosses All Sectors
In sharp contrast with the United States government voters and representatives in the state of Pennsylvania overwhelmingly support --even if it costs them more-- adopting clean energy independent of overseas supplies.
The Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture) found a consensus across the state no matter what one's political affiliation or background to support that states' energy independence initiative. The Energy Independence Strategy (EIS) passed in Pennsylvania (state) House of Representatives on 20 June 2007.
“This overwhelming tidal wave of support makes it clear that Pennsylvanians want bold action on energy – and they want it right now,” said John Hanger, president and CEO of PennFuture. “Voters are fervently in favor of doing everything we can to bring more clean energy into the state. They want tools to save on energy themselves. And – even though some are worried about taxes – they support, by a 2:1 margin, paying to make our state clean, green and energy independent."
Other findings of the poll:
* Most want more action on energy conservation. A combined 94 percent of voters are concerned about the rising costs of fuel oil, natural gas, gasoline and other traditional sources of energy. Ninety-six percent think it is important for consumers and businesses to increase their use of alternative sources of energy like wind, solar, low impact hydropower and others as a way to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
* Voters overwhelmingly support state incentives to encourage investment in alternative energy sources. Nearly nine out of ten, 87 percent, believe that the state should take steps to attract clean energy companies to Pennsylvania to increase our domestic fuel supplies.
* Pennsylvanians support the creation of the Energy Independence Fund. By a better than 2:1 margin, most Pennsylvanians support paying a public benefits charge on their electricity bills of about 45 cents a month to grow a renewable energy economy. This support runs across party lines (Republican support is at 67 percent, Democrats at 73 percent, Independents at 66 percent.)
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