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February 05, 2014

New Poll: Americans Ready for Action on Carbon Pollution

Cut carbon signPublic hearing in Washington, D.C., Thursday will be packed with supporters

This week we once again heard the call for action from Americans loud and clear: They want clean energy and they want it right away. On Tuesday, the Sierra Club released a new poll with Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research showing that seven-in-ten Americans favor the Environmental Protection Agency putting limits on the amount of carbon pollution that power plants can release.

And that's not the only amazing statistic from the poll. Just look at the key findings:

  • By nearly a 2-to-1 margin, voters think the country should be investing more in clean energy sources and energy efficiency rather than in fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas (61 percent clean energy vs. 33 percent traditional sources).
  • A majority of voters (51 percent) "strongly" prefers investing in clean energy. Support is even higher among African American voters (77 percent) and Latino voters (71 percent).
  • A strong majority of voters (58 percent) favor the U.S. setting national goals to move away from coal and other fossil fuels and replace them with clean, renewable sources by the year.
  • Two-in-three U.S. voters say the issue of climate disruption is a serious problem.
  • The majority of voters (56 percent) believe that the government already limits the amount of carbon pollution that power plants can release, which the government currently does not.

We'll be taking these stats with us Thursday in Washington, D.C., to an EPA public hearing on its proposed carbon pollution standards. I'll be testifying, and if you're in the D.C. area Thursday, you should join us!

Dirty power plants are a threat to our health and our climate, and this week's poll shows once again that President Obama and the EPA have the public support they need to ensure pending carbon pollution standards for power plants are strong enough to protect our families.

Millions of Americans have already sent in their comments supporting EPA's carbon pollution standards. Have you sent yours in yet?

-- Mary Anne Hitt, Beyond Coal Campaign Director

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