More Solar And Wind, Please, Americans Tell Poll

Americans are telling pollsters they want more solar and wind – and, it’s true, natural gas – and less oil and nukes. Coal? It fares worst of all.

These are the results of a Gallup survey conducted in the second week of March. A random sample of 1,022 adults were asked if the country should put more, less or about the same emphasis on producing energy from various sources. Here’s the breakdown on “more”:

image via Gallup

image via Gallup

As the chart above shows, there was a partisan divide on the question, with Democrats tending to show greater affection for renewables than Republicans and Republicans more of a fondness for fossil fuels. Independents, as is their wont, were in the middle.

Still, even among Republicans renewable power enjoyed majority support, with solar particularly popular at 68 percent.

A year ago, Gallup did an energy poll that showed a more pronounced partisan split opening up among the public — but in that poll, the question more explicitly explored the idea of government spending tax dollars on alternative energy. For instance, when asked if government should spend more money on developing solar and wind power, 84 percent of those identifying themselves as Democrats (or leaning in that direction) said yes, compared to just 51 percent among Republicans and Republican leaners.

On this latest poll, Gallup said the results had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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  • Mobius007

    I just noticed an article that the largest solar power plant in the world is now online.

    So, where is this monster? Arizona?

    Nope.

    Southern California?

    Nope.

    The largest solar power plant in the world is in…
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    Wait for it…
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    The UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

    Hmm, I wonder what they know that we don’t? LOL
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    My own solar array is a 22 panel grid-tied unit that is roof mounted. It provides all my family’s annual power needs (and a bit more). It’s got a payback period of 8 years and a full replacement warranty for 17 years after that.

    Of course, free electricity for 17 years isn’t right for everyone. (that’s sarcasm, BTW)

    The addition of 8 more panels would be sufficient to “fuel” a Chevy Volt for 10,000 miles per year, for the next 25 years.

    It’s too bad that solar takes such a beating from Big Oil, except of course in the UNITED ARAB EMIRATES.