Earlier this week, a new national study found that only 8 percent of Americans polled want to continue the roughly $10 billion per a year given to fossil fuel interests by the federal government.
The survey was commissioned by Tigercomm, a public relations firm that works specifically with cleantech companies, advocacy organizations and government leaders.
Many lobbyists and politicians claim that fossil fuel independence is impractical because that these energy sources are so “cheap.” However, as the study showed, few Americans realize that this reduced price for oil, coal, and gas is the result of articifical market surpression facilitated by huge federal subsidies.
“Dirty energy executives and their lobbyists talk about how ‘cheap’ fossil fuels are, but they don’t want to talk about how much they’ve lived off government handouts for the last 150 years,” said Tigercomm President Mike Casey. “We should do what most Americans want and push these industries off the welfare rolls. Then we can have an honest conversation about how ‘cheap’ coal and oil really are.”
Opponents of renewable energy, like solar, wind and geothermal claim that these industries aren’t ready to serve national grids, but that’s mostly because the government refuses to fund them in the same way they do fossil fuels.
The findings and conclusions of the Tigercomm survey are based on analysis of a nationally representative survey of 1,013 adults.
Here’s what else Americans said about energy:
- 80 percent of Americans are unaware of how much of their tax money goes to highly profitable fossil fuel corporations, such as ExxonMobil and Massey Energy.
- 80 percent of American adults rate “solar power” favorably (compared to 76 percent for wind power, 62 percent for natural gas, 39 percent for nuclear power, 32 percent for oil, and 29 percent for coal).
- More than 70 percent rate solar energy as “an energy source I trust” and “safe for future generations.”
- 74 percent believe that solar energy is a “long-term solution for the country’s energy needs.”
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