Poll Shows Overwhelming Support for Renewable Fuel Options

A new poll conducted by Harris Interactive shows overwhelming American support for expanding renewable fuel options with 88% of U.S. adults agreeing that the U.S. should pursue renewable energy sources.

The poll was commissioned by the Clean Fuels Development Coalition and concludes that 72% of adults believe that higher oil prices have had a substantial impact on the rising cost of food in recent months, compared to only 35% who believe ethanol production has had a significant impact on rising food prices.

The poll, conducted online between Sept. 21 and Sept. 25, 2007, asked 2,199 U.S. adults about their attitudes regarding ethanol. Other results indicate that nearly 8 in 10 adults (78%) believe usage of ethanol would lessen the country’s dependence on foreign oil.

Energy policy is at the forefront of national debate with pending energy legislation expected to hit congressional calendars this fall. The Senate-approved version of the energy bill contains a provision mandating the use of 36 billion gallons of ethanol by 2022.

“This poll suggests that American consumers are aware of our severe dependence on foreign oil,” said Doug Durante, executive director of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition. “We have reached a crossroads in the energy market, and consumers plainly want an alternative to imported oil. Homegrown, renewable fuels are clearly a viable answer.”

Durante and other members of Clean Fuels Development Coalition are co-sponsoring and participating in Infocast’s Cellulosic Ethanol Summit in Washington, D.C. that began yesterday.

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