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Most Americans Support Govt backing of renewable energy

Reuters -- Almost 80% of respondents in a Yale-George Mason University poll said they support federal funding for renewable-energy research. However, the number of those who said they "strongly" supported federal assistance to renewables has declined from 53% in 2008 to 36%, the poll showed. About three in four respondents agreed that the U.S. should regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant and implement policies to curb its emission, the survey found. Reuters (4/26),

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Submitted Apr 30, 2012 By: tatker
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DOS
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 9:59:26 PM

Who conducted the survey? The Civil Society Institute (CSI)

The CSI Media Release about the study mentions as a key finding of the study:

"More than three out of four Americans (76 percent) - including 58 percent of Republicans, 83 percent of Independents, and 88 percent of Democrats -- think that the United States should move to a sustainable energy future through 'a reduction in our reliance on nuclear power, natural gas and coal, and instead, launch a national initiative to boost renewable energy and energy efficiency.'"

Awesome! So, if the CSI survey results are accurate, Americans are a lot more united than the media would have us believe!

It does appear the survey results would have been less promising, if it were taken among gasbudy posters on this topic. :/ But I still hope we can find a way to turn this united public opinion into decisive action before its to late.



[Edited by: DOS at 5/1/2012 1:03:28 AM EST]
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Nicoalbum
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 7:06:07 PM

Most Canadians do that, too.
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blupupher
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 6:57:44 PM

it is all how questions are asked and how the data is reported.
I know around here that would be 80% the other way.
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johnnyg1200
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 4:30:55 PM

This poll must have been done in Berkeley C.A. on a collage campus.
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BuckyTJones
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 3:58:09 PM

Like I said yesterday. This administration would be better served if it stays out of the investment game and leave that to Wall Street that we bailed out.
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wz
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 3:50:35 PM

They must take their polls on campus, which is populated by impressionable young people in the midst of their 16-20 years of government indoctrination favoring socialism. We all know the universities are a stronghold of the radical left.
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lesndave
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 3:47:55 PM

It doesn't appear to match the sentiment from this site.
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CVA19
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 2:07:21 PM

Who the hell did they survey? Three progressives and an eco-socialist?
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ktbaeohana
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 2:07:00 PM

I'm for renewable energy.
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race2IT
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 1:52:46 PM

I'm for renewable energy, if it can take us (the American people) off our addiction to foreign oil.
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Van_Halen
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 12:30:15 PM

.
Funny, nobody I talked to has even heard of this poll? They must have gone to the most liberal part of the campus and asked because nobody in their right mind believes the government can do anything right or should be involved with anything!
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SammyAdams
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 12:25:07 PM

It doesn't really matter what the polls say, the Federal government has NO authority subsidizing renewable energy research. The reason that we are in such dire straits is that we have abandoned "federalism"; allowing our central government to acquire too much power in areas where they don't belong. We will continue this downward spiral economically and have countless "Solandras" until we understand this and make the necessary changes. An application of the 10th Amendment to all federal legislation is in order.
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Rockyguitar
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 11:24:28 AM

Count me out! I'm a free market guy. Just get the gubment out of the way!
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rver524
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 10:58:06 AM

I believe renewable energy products are absolutely needed not only in the U.S. but worldwide.
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Rich1430
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 10:55:52 AM

I have no problem with creating renewable energy sources as long as research and thest of the productio is done thouroghly and is efficient not very costly to produce or sell to the customer.
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carranco
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 10:50:33 AM

No need to regulate carbon dioxide. Stop with the man made global warming BS.
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 10:33:16 AM

I doubt it. I do not support the government flushing money down the toilet.
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dtrjudy
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 10:25:45 AM

Yeah, I disagree with the findings of this poll, therefore, they must have asked pseudo-intellectual effete snobs at a higher-learning institute that only Republicans can afford to attend who are influenced by pinko professors who have spent their lives studying the effects of pollution and climate change on the environment. How could this possibly be a fair poll?
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bobzilla11
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 10:19:55 AM

any poll will have bias.
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 10:11:06 AM

A university poll???? This taken with all of the 'brain washing from the prof's ' no wonder the % is so high.Nothing like stacking the deck in favor of-----
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 10:06:04 AM

As long as they are not paying for it.
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 9:40:47 AM

Let's see: Rolling Stone magazine and Yale-George Mason University. Hey, no bias there!!
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 9:16:37 AM

I doubt it. It depends on how the question was asked. You can get a "YES" to do you support the abolishing of the constitution and the implementation of martial law if it is worded correctly.
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ScottTee
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 9:01:16 AM

renewable energy makes sense, however there is an economic limit to that goal.
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 8:54:49 AM

who did they call congress???
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 8:52:15 AM

I don't know?
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 8:51:39 AM

The key word here is << MOST >>.
<< Most >> may be a statistic taken from 'Mad Magazine'
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 8:50:12 AM

OK
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 8:31:00 AM

The USA needs a fifty year energy plan, instead of the present system of no plan and focuses that change with every new congress and administration. Go with clean energy and electricity storage.
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 8:28:00 AM

Fun with statistics, and BTW - just keep working the numbers until you get the intended result.
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jakessoccermom
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 8:27:36 AM

Everyone complains about the needs, the absolute must to increase the production and technology of renewable energy in the US, but with every new advancement in technology there is a cost. People in the US want the cheaper fuel to run their vehicles and run the factories, but are reluctant to spend the money now for the research and development of these renewable energy sources. You just can't have it both ways and unfortuantely congress is not helping with all this politicing.
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 8:22:47 AM

Got to break a few eggs to make an omelette.
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