by Matt Kasper and Kiley Kroh
This election season, groups promoting fossil fuels spent an incredible amount of money – $270 million in the last two months alone – on television ads to influence presidential and congressional races. But voters made it clear that they support candidates who understand the critical importance of transitioning away from fossil fuels and toward the renewable energy sources of the future.
A post-election energy survey released by the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and Advanced Energy Economy Ohio Institute (AEE Ohio Institute) confirmed that energy was a “very important” issue to the majority of voters in Virginia (60%), Ohio (57%), Iowa (58%), and Colorado (66%) in their vote decision:
These same voters also overwhelmingly expressed more support for candidates who want to move their states away from consuming coal and toward the production of cleaner sources of energy such as wind, solar, and natural gas. According to the survey, 75% of voters in Iowa, 72% of voters in Colorado and Virginia, and 69% of voters in Ohio said they wanted to transition away from fossil fuels.
The future embraced by the fossil fuel industry is one in where America is nothing more than a land of fossil-fuel extraction. But after November 6th, it is clear that this vision does not align with the swing state voters.
The Center for American Progress recently released “Regional Energy, National Solutions: A Real Energy Vision for America,” a report that directly counters the vision for America offered by the American Petroleum Institute and highlights the current success and future potential of the clean economy across the country.
The U.S. military gets this. Realizing the critical need to enhance our energy security, the Department of Defense has become a major proponent of clean energy solutions. The world’s leading private investors, too, agree that long-term climate change and clean energy policy is a tremendous economic opportunity. And the American people continue to show an increasing understanding of climate change and support for clean, secure and affordable energy.