A new poll in the United States indicates that most Americans want more energy efficiency and conservation, and more investment in new energy technologies.
WASHINGTON, DC, US, 2001-05-15 <SolarAccess.com> The national poll conducted for the Alliance for Energy & Economic Growth found that an important national priority is the development and supply of affordable, uninterrupted energy to homes and businesses. The survey, conducted by Wirthlin Worldwide, concludes that americans want a comprehensive national energy plan that uses new technologies to promote economic growth and a better quality of life. “The American people clearly understand the connection between energy supplies and their quality of life, and the urgency with which this issue must be addressed,” explains Bruce Josten of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “Policymakers, businesses and consumers must work together to develop an energy policy that promotes rather than restrains the additional supplies of energy Americans need.” The survey found that 77 percent of americans feel their quality of life will suffer within 20 years if the U.S. fails to develop a comprehensive energy policy, while 80 percent agree that energy policy must reflect new economics and technology and not the old assumptions that are the basis of current energy policy. The Alliance has asked Congress to implement a national energy policy that will increase energy efficiency and conservation, assure adequate energy supplies and generation, renew and expand the energy infrastructure, encourage investment in new energy technologies, provide energy assistance to low-income households, and assure appropriate consideration of the impacts of regulatory policies on energy. The Alliance for Energy & Economic Growth is a coalition formed recently to promote the urgent need to increase energy supplies from all sources and for energy efficiency and conservation measures. Its 350 members include natural gas, oil, coal and nuclear energy associations, as well as the Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Institute, American Forest & Paper Association, American Gas Association, American Petroleum Institute, National Association of Manufacturers, National Mining Association, National Propane Gas Association, Natural Gas Supply Association, Nuclear Energy Institute, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Energy Association and U.S. Oil & Gas Association.