Survey Says 9 of 10 Americans Want Solar… What You Can Do About This

The following article is from one of our favorite renewable energy news sites: Renewable Energy World.com, which is a very pragmatic, business-oriented site.  It notes that 9 of 10 Americans want more solar power.

Many subsidies and tax incentives outlined by President Bush in the 2008 Stimulus Package have been trimmed severely by the current US Congress, while subsidies to large oil companies remain intact.

Your job: let your state reps and Governor know that you vote and that you are in favor of solar energy.  And, also notify your US Congressperson and Senators. 

The bottom line is that your opinion does matter if you choose to let it be known. Politicians know that for every email, phone call or letter they receive, several people feel the same way but don’t bother to contact them.  By voicing your concerns, they are more likely to realize that Your Vote and You Want More Solar. So, read the following article and then make a phone call, or send out a quick email or letter.

The following URL has information to contact members of the House of Representatives: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml.  To contact your US Senators, please visit: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm.  Most Senators and Congresspeople have quick forms that you can fill out in just a few minutes.  And don’t thinks that it doesn’t matter, because your voice DOES COUNT!

New Hampshire, U.S.A. — In a time of tense political debate — often focused on the American solar industry — a new survey may help steer the conversation away from legislators and toward consumers.

According to a survey conducted by independent polling firm Kelton Research, nine out of 10 Americans support the use and development of solar technology. Perhaps more telling considering the political climate is that eight out of 10 respondents indicated that the federal government should support solar manufacturing in the U.S. and should give federal subsidies for solar energy.

The broad support for solar seems to cut through party lines. In some cases, the middle of the political spectrum is where the broadest support can be found, a finding that has huge political implications as America heads into its primary and general elections over the next 12 months.”

The solar industry is certain to use the results to bolster its case that Congress should extend the wildly popular Section 1603 grant in-lieu of an existing tax credit as a way to both create jobs and continue the expansion of solar.

While the survey’s findings have been consistent over each of the past four years, this year’s survey had the potential to reflect consumer backlash stemming from the Solyndra investigation. That, clearly, was not the case. The SCHOTT Solar Barometer Survey polled 1,000 Americans via an email invitation and online survey between Sept. 29 and Oct. 6. The Solyndra news broke on Aug. 31 and the criticism of the Department of Energy was perhaps at its highest the weekend of Sept. 30 when the program reached its deadline to approve loan guarantees.

(Read full article and view graphics at http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2011/11/survey-says-9-in-10-americans-want-more-solar-energy?cmpid=SolarNL-Thursday-November3-2011)

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