Americans may be ready for renewable energy

Americans may be ready for renewable energy

April 12, 2013 0 By Erin Kilgore

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Renewable energy may be gaining more support in the US

Renewable energy can often be a controversial subject. This is because much of the conversations on the topic relate to the concept of climate change in some fashion. Climate change itself is typically the crux of controversy as the phenomenon is often attributed as a doomsday scenario for the entire human species. In the U.S., the controversy surrounding climate change has served to curb support for renewable energy, with many Americans claiming that climate change is little more than a myth, therefore making renewable energy unnecessary. This mindset may be changing, however, according to a new poll from Gallup.

Survey shows that Americans want to see the country move away from fossil-fuels

Gallup has released the results of a new survey conducted in the U.S. The firm conducted random phone interviews of 1,022 U.S. citizens last month, asking  these people what kind of energy the country should focus on in the future. In summary, the majority of respondents claimed that renewable energy should be a more prominent focus, with many suggesting that the country should move away from fossil-fuels.

Solar energy wins majority of support

The survey shows that solar energy, in particular, is the most supported form of renewable energy among the survey’s respondents. Approximately 76% of respondents claimed that the U.S. government should focus more heavily on solar energy, with 71% claiming that more focus should be devoted to wind energy. Approximately 65% favored natural gas, 46% oil, and 37% nuclear energy. Gallup also noted the political affiliation of the respondents, with those showing the most support for renewable energy among the Democratic Party, though Republicans were staunchly supportive of natural gas.

Survey may not represent the opinion of the entire US populace

While the Gallup survey could suggest that the majority of the U.S. is in favor of renewable energy, despite political ties, the survey accounts only for the opinions of 1,022 people throughout the country. The results of the survey could, of course, be extrapolated to account for the opinions of the majority of the country, but the survey itself does not take into account issues involving culture, economics, or even religious affiliation.