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Surveys: Americans want action toward renewable energy

Feb 9, 2011

The public thinks renewable energy is a good thing.

A mid-January USA Today/Gallup poll found that 83 percent of Americans want incentives for using solar and alternative energy, which put it at the top of their list for Congress to work on. Independently, a Pike Research survey on energy and environmental concepts found that 79% of consumers have a favorable view of solar energy, and 75% have a favorable view of wind energy.

An industry newsletter, The Inspired Economist, recently reported on the two surveys. Each was based on replies from 1000 randomly-selected adults.

Kyle Crider

"The view of wind and solar power as 'hippie energy' is out of touch," said Kyle Crider, Manager of Environmental Operations for Education Corporation of America (ECA). "It isn't surprising that the vast majority of Americans support clean, renewable energy."

Ecotech Institute is the first and only college entirely focused on preparing graduates for careers in the fields of renewable energy, sustainable design, and energy efficiency.