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Government Investment in Renewable Energy Nearly as Popular With Swing Voters as Death of Osama bin Laden

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http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/sites/default/files/2011/05/osama-time-cover-2011-a-p.jpg Voters just love government investment in renewable energy — much more than their representatives in Washington, it seems.  I was reading an analysis of the State of the Union Address based on the response of “a group of 50 swing voters armed with dial meters” and came across this nugget:

Not surprisingly, the moment in the speech that brought the most positive reaction was Obama’s mention of the death of Osama bin Laden. It drew an average reading of 80 on the 0-100 scale used by the meters. Obama’s call for more investment in renewable energy drew nearly as strong a reaction, however, said Andrew Baumann, another of the pollsters who conducted the study. The passages of the speech that talked about phasing out subsidies for oil companies and competing with China and Germany for new developments in wind power and solar energy did particularly well.

And while small dial groups are hardly definitive by themselves, Climate Progress readers know that poll after poll after poll show the same thing (see Democrats Taking “Green” Positions on Climate Change “Won Much More Often” Than Those Remaining Silent and links to polls therein).

This enthusiasm has not waned even with all the attacks on clean energy — see Independents Support Federal Investment in “Green Jobs” 2-to-1 Despite Solyndra Media Storm:

In dozens of focus groups we have conducted this month across the country on a wide variety of subjects, when voters are asked where they would like new jobs in their state to come from, the first words out of their mouths are almost always the same – clean energy and related technology.  Voters believe that the clean energy economy is here and is growing, and they want their state to have a part of it.

And yet in the face of this overwhelming popularity of clean energy, we’re staring at job-killing cuts in federal clean energy investment and tax credits.  Why?  As a German State Minister explained: We Can Decarbonize With Renewables Because “We Don’t Have the … Koch Brothers.”

Again, the Kochs haven’t won over the majority of Americans or even the majority of swing voters — only the majority of that narrow slice of the electorate that drives conservative politics, the Tea Party (see “Independents, Other Republicans Split With Tea-Party Extremists on Global Warming“).

Some day, some masterful, Churchillian politician will figure this all out and lead the country toward true clean energy revolution. Some day.

 

 

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7 Responses to Government Investment in Renewable Energy Nearly as Popular With Swing Voters as Death of Osama bin Laden

  1. malexy says:

    By demonstrating that clean energy is already clearly competitive commercially, in a variety of real world applications and locations, without subsidies, articles like this help.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-25/solar-cheaper-than-diesel-making-india-s-mittal-believer-energy.html

  2. prokaryotes says:

    “The passages of the speech that talked about phasing out subsidies for oil companies and competing with China and Germany for new developments in wind power and solar energy did particularly well.”

    Now give me 1 million dollars and i finance an ad campaign with this find.

  3. Susan Anderson says:

    I get a lot of solicitous emails and lately the Dems no longer provide an option in multiple choice surveys to say anything about climate change. It’s off the radar. I also noticed the Occupy movement didn’t pay much attention. It’s too bad people don’t realize this is critical, but it’s nice to see some numbers. Maybe a few media types will pick it up? But if wishes were horses …

  4. Bob Geiger says:

    Excellent, pithy post. Keep it up and maybe someday, a certain someone will listen.

  5. BillD says:

    Susan:

    I’ve noticed the same thing for sometime in requests for money by Democrats. Evidently, whoever is writing those mailers thinks that “clean energy” is the same as “fighting against climate change.” It’s a disaster, since items like “North Korea” are there but climate change is missing. With so little comment from Democrats and the media, the disparging of climate change by conservatives is bound to have an effect with the general public. I am embarrassed by my governor’s (Mitch Daniels) response to the State of the Union speech, in which he said that regulating coal plants benefits neither health nor the climate.

    We can only hope that something will happen to bring climate change to the fore in our country.

  6. Chris Winter says:

    In the Business section of the San Jose Mercury News yesterday, the following was front-page news:

    “Solar energy on rise across state, report finds”

    The report was released Tuesday by “environment California, a statewide environmental advocacy group.”

    The article ranks California’s top ten cities by solar electricity generation capacity:

    1. San Diego, 37MW
    2. Los Angeles, 31MW
    3. San Jose, 31MW
    4. Fresno, 22MW
    5. San Francisco, 17MW
    6. Bakersfield, 16MW
    7. Sacramento, 16MW
    8. Santa Rosa, 14MW
    9. Oakland, 10MW
    10. Chico, 9MW