19 October 2010

Survey reveals that voters support 'green' legislators

Yet another reassuring sign that the green energy movement is gaining further clout- U.S. voters are more likely to support Congressional candidates who vote for clean energy initiatives.

A new survey from Public Policy Polling (PPP) for the NRDC Action Fund finds that in 23 Congressional districts, spanning Connecticut to California, voters supported legislators who voted for the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) in 21 out of 23 of those districts.

"Our poll presented our opposition's main, misleading talking point - that a climate bill is akin to an energy tax," said Heather Taylor-Miesle, NRDC Action Fund director "Voters overwhelmingly rejected this idea in favor of a bill that creates millions of new jobs, reduces our use of foreign oil, holds corporate polluters accountable and cuts the pollution that causes climate change. The poll results challenge political spin which says a 'yes' vote on ACES will hurt candidates running for re-election. The results show that clean energy and cutting pollution are actually issues voters support."

Pollsters chose the congressional districts based on close incumbent races to see if representatives voting for clean energy made an impact on their constituents- and the polled voters spoke in volumes!

To see how voters responded, state by state, visit http://www.nrdcactionfund.org/polls/october2010/

Teresa Abbate
Born and raised in NYC, Teresa is a TV producer and the blogger behind TheFriendlyVeg.com, where she believes (like a good Italian girl) that the best way to an omnivore's heart is through their stomach.

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