Clean Energy, Environment, Public Health Win Big On Election Night

As we’ve seen many times over the past four years, the President alone is powerless to change the laws and regulations that govern our land. That’s why, although most of us were focused on which states were going Red or Blue, important decisions were being made in local and state level elections. If you support clean energy development, green jobs, and national action on climate change, you’ll be happy to know that a huge number of voters agree with you, and proved it at the polls.

On Nov. 7th, a coalition of leading environmental groups released election polling data showing Americans strongly support candidates who will work to move the country forward on energy and climate policies while creating jobs and reducing pollution. According to the groups, which include the Sierra Club and NRDC, the outcome of the election and polling results show voters weren’t swayed by millions of dollars worth of ads from dirty polluters.

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The data cited by the groups comes from a poll by the Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. The poll was conducted nationally November 4-6 and surveyed 1,002 voters in 11 battleground states. Results showed that while the fossil fuel industry and its allies in Congress spent millions of dollars attacking the President on the Keystone pipeline, Solyndra, and as being anti-coal, they were ultimately unsuccessful: Obama won 51 – 47 percent in battleground states where he was attacked on energy.

Nearly 2 in 3 voters, 64 percent, say they have a favorable impression of renewable energy, compared to only 13 percent who say they have an unfavorable impression. This strength of support crosses demographic and partisan lines, with a wide variety of voters giving renewables high marks.Voters also favor increasing wind power by a 71 – 9 percent margin, and favor increasing solar power by a 78 – 5 percent margin.

Despite the millions Conservatives say have been “wasted” on the development of renewable energy technologies, their message fell on deaf ears: the poll showed that anti clean-energy messages from the fossil fuel industry and its political allies was cited by just 14 percent of voters as the best reason to vote against President Obama.

“Polluters spent hundreds of millions of dollars and have nothing to show for it today,” said Heather Taylor-Miesle, NRDC Action Fund Director. “Our polling very clearly shows that voters didn’t buy what the polluters were selling. This is a decided issue. The public stands with us from clean energy to addressing climate change. This election and our polling indicate a mandate from the American people on the environment and public health. Now is the time act.”

More results from the post-election poll can be found here.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog