A new Yale poll of 1,000 adults nationwide reveals that Americans overwhelmingly believe that the United States is too dependent on imported oil, and that the government should take action to develop new “clean” energy sources.
92% of Americans say that they are worried about dependence on foreign oil.
68% say this dependence is a “very serious” problem.
90% support building more solar power facilities.
87% support expanded wind farms.
86% want increased funding for renewable energy research.
93% of Americans say requiring the auto industry to make cars that get better gas mileage is a good idea, with 96% of Democrats and Independents and 86% of Republicans supporting the call for more fuel-efficient vehicles.
Dan Esty, director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, commented;
"This poll suggests that Washington is out of touch with the American people - Republicans, Democrats and Independents, young and old, men and women-even S.U.V. drivers-embrace investments in new energy technologies, including better gas mileage in vehicles.”