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Tracking the Issues: Voter Opinions on Energy Diversify

by Newsteam Staff
April 10, 2012

The sun rises behind windmills at a wind farm in Palm Springs, California, February 9, 2011 (Lucy Nicholson/Courtesy Reuters). The sun rises behind windmills at a wind farm in Palm Springs, California, February 9, 2011 (Lucy Nicholson/Courtesy Reuters).


In days of ever-climbing gas prices and partisan campaigning about energy policy, voters are open to a wide variety of energy proposals, though some plans get mostly party-line support, says Gallup.

Of those polled, 69 percent said they support putting government funds into developing solar and wind power, with 84 percent of those who self-identify as Democrats in favor as opposed to 51 percent of those who say they lean Republican. Sixty-five percent of respondents say they would support opening federal lands for oil exploration — 49 percent of Dems and 84 percent of Republicans.

The diverse energy policy President Barack Obama has been espousing may seem like the safest economic bet, while dealing with the lingering U.S. dependence on oil says TIME blogger, Bryan Walsh. However, he also notes that “when it comes to the policy of oil exploration, and the results, Obama really hasn’t been too radically different from his predecessor George W. Bush.”

The American Enterprise Institute’s Stephen F. Hayward says Obama should get no credit for the current oil and natural gas boom, which he believes is directly attributable to Bush administration policies. He says the Obama administration has shown “relentless hostility to fossil fuel production and use.”

For more on the candidates’ stances, check out CFR’s Issue Tracker on The Candidates on Energy Policy.

Suggested Other Reading:

CFR’s interactive feature illustrates the history of U.S. oil dependence and foreign policy.

If it’s economic recovery the United States seeks, Grover Norquist and Patrick Gleason write in Politico that the country should take its cue from Brazil, where “oil output has increased tenfold over the last three decades,” growing Brazil’s economy by 7.5 percent in 2010.

China is dominating the solar market, flooding it with cheap panels, writes David Roberts at Grist, sparking new tariffs to be levied on Chinese panels.

— Gayle S. Putrich, Contributing Editor

1 Comment

  • Posted by maria

    As much as we Conservatives hate to admit it, Obama’s team did a great job with marketing to the polepe. They used modern marketing processes to do what any thriving business would to increase their sales . Do you really think it’s still going though Gino? I think it was a marketing strategy they could use to get votes. Now that they’re in, I see that it has dried up