The Trump maladministration wants to choke us all with more emissions from coal-fired generating plants, but a survey of 1200 Americans conducted by GfK for Consumer Reports finds the vast majority of Americans want more renewable energy and less power plant pollution. The survey also reveals that plenty of utilities seem to have a credibility issue with their customers. Consumers Union has submitted the results of the survey to the EPA as part of the public comment process on rolling back the Clean Power Plan that ended October 31.
Proving beyond a reasonable doubt that people are smarter than the politicians they elect, a staggering 81% of respondents agreed that reducing pollution from power plants is a worthwhile goal. The survey included 400 people living in 4 states where coal is the predominant source of electricity — Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee, and Virginia. Their responses were not significantly different than those from people living in other states where coal power is less prevalent.
76% of people surveyed agreed that increasing renewable energy such as solar and wind is a worthwhile goal. 70% said they expect electricity to become cleaner over time. Oddly enough, climate change barely moves the needle for most voters, but renewable energy — which is directly connected to climate change — does. Continue reading “Consumer Reports Survey Finds Most Americans Want More Renewable Energy”