Report: Vast majority of Americans want more solar and wind energy

Key Findings from the National Surveys on Energy and Environment (NSEE) latest report include the following:

  1. A majority (66%) of Americans believe that it is their state’s responsibility to address the issue of global warming in the absence of federal action.
  2. There is very high support for renewable energy (79%) and efficiency (81%) mandates, two established state-level policy options to reduce carbon emissions from the electricity sector.
  3. There is even greater support for increasing the use of solar energy (89%) and wind energy (83%) at the state level outside of the context of a mandate. This increase in support is largely attributable to Republicans who, while slightly more inclined to oppose a renewable energy mandate in their state, show very strong support for increasing wind and solar use.

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The Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy, housed at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, conducts and supports applied policy research designed to inform state, local, and urban policy issues. Through integrated research, teaching, and outreach involving academic researchers, students, policymakers and practitioners, the center seeks to foster understanding of today’s state and local policy problems, and to find effective solutions.