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RNP Press Release
December 29, 1994

Survey Reveals Strong Bipartisan Support for Continued Federal Funding of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programs

A national post-election opinion survey released today on federal energy budget priorities reveals strong and broad bipartisan support for continued federal funding of energy efficiency and renewable energy research programs. The survey, conducted by Republican pollster Vince Breglio, found that 64 percent of Americans (Rep.-60%, Dem.-66, Ind.-67%), and 68 percent of those in the Northwest, believe that renewable energy resources, like solar, wind, geothermal, biofuels, and hydroelectric should be the highest, or second highest, priority for continued federal funding of energy research and development. The broad level of support for renewable energy technologies exists across all geographic regions, and across all age and income groups.
 
“This poll sends a clear message: Americans want clean energy,” said Rachel Shimshak, director of the Renewable Northwest Project. “The results also underscore the priorities set forth in the Northwest Power Act,” she added.
 
Energy efficiency and conservation technologies are cited as the highest, or second-highest, priority by 49 percent of Americans (Rep.-48%, Dem.-51%, Ind.-53%). In addition, 74 percent of respondents (Rep.-75%, Dem.-75%, Ind.-68%) agree that the government should provide tax incentives and other federal support to expand development and use of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.
 
The poll of 1,000 randomly selected voters nationwide (424 Republicans, 387 Democrats, 106 Independents, and 83 others) was commissioned by the Sustainable Energy Budget Coalition, a coalition of nearly 40 national environmental, business, governmental, consumer, and energy policy organizations, and was released by the Renewable Northwest Project in Portland. The poll, conducted between December 7-12, solicited views on federal funding of energy efficiency, renewable energy, natural gas, nuclear power, and fossil fuel (i.e. coal and oil) programs.
 
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For more information contact:
Rachel Shimshak, Director
Renewable Northwest Project
503-223-4544
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