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Poll Finds That Public’s Support for Alternative Energy Transcends Political Boundaries

A new Pew Research Center poll “Beyond Red vs. Blue: The Political Typology” finds strong support for the environment and clean energy across party affiliations. 71% of Americans believe “this country should do whatever it takes to protect the environment.” For the complete poll results. Overall the public prioritizes developing alternative energy over expanding oil, coal, and natural gas by a 63-29 margin. For a summary on clean energy>

Better Fuel Standards Would Save $67 Billion Each Summer
Over the last month there has been a an outcry from the public for relief from higher fuel prices and a number of pundits say there is little the president or Congress can do to influence fuel prices. A new study shows that by raising fuel standards they can improve efficiency and help Americans save money at the pump.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, automakers are already fully capable of achieving 60 MPG using existing technologies. Polls show overwhelming public support for the higher standard.

Researchers used gas prices from April 25th and historical driving patterns to estimate the impact of a 60 MPG standard on summer gasoline savings. The report found that Americans would save an estimated $67 billion and use 17 billion fewer barrels of oil during this year’s three peak summer driving months of June, July, and August if the standard were enacted today. The study finds that the average American family would save $513 in just three months.” Check out Climate Progress for the whole story>