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Washington, U.S.A. — Wide majorities of Republicans across the United States and in key “swing states” believe that advanced energy is important for the nation’s economic future and want policymakers to focus on fostering these solutions, according to new surveys of likely voters nationwide and in swing states.
The surveys, conducted for the Advanced Energy Economy Institute (AEEI), found that 85 percent of Republicans nationwide and in 12 key swing states believe advanced energy – defined as energy products, technologies, and services that are secure, clean, and affordable over the long term – are very important or somewhat important to America’s future. At the same time, 88 percent of political independents and 96 percent of Democrats believe advanced energy is important to America’s future.
The surveys also found that four in five Republicans (80 percent) across the country think it’s important for U.S. political leaders to do more to further advance energy. In swing states, the number was virtually identical with 80 percent of Republicans saying our leaders must to do more to foster the growth of advanced energy. For the next President, 74 percent of Republicans nationwide and 72 percent in swing states believe it’s very or somewhat important for whoever is elected as the nation’s chief executive to make growing and developing advanced energy a top priority.
“The swing states may be up for grabs politically, but even in these states voters overwhelmingly agree on the importance of advanced energy for our economic future,” said Graham Richard, CEO of Advanced Energy Economy, a national organization representing advanced energy businesses, and of AEEI, its educational and charitable affiliate.
“Americans see the value of advanced energy companies across the nation bringing energy-producing and energy-saving technologies to market and creating jobs that fuel our economy. We look forward to working with political leaders of both parties to help grow this important foundation for our global competitiveness.”
With global energy consumption projected to rise nearly 40 percent by 2030, the nation’s future prosperity depends on new ways to meet the world’s energy needs. Advanced energy, which encompasses the best available commercial technologies for meeting energy needs, presents an economic opportunity for American companies and workers, which have led every technology- and innovation-driven transformation of the past century.
Additional results from the surveys include: