Coloradans favor solar, wind power, poll shows

Most Colorado residents would like to see renewable energy sources play the major role in domestic energy independence, according to a poll commissioned by the Western Colorado Congress and two national environmental organizations.

The poll of 600 respondents showed that most Coloradans see tax advantages for coal-generated and nuclear power as “the same as investing in subprime mortgages,” said Grant Smith of
TheCLEAN.org, which advocates for solar, wind and energy conservation.

Solar and wind are seen as “power sources of tomorrow” by 92 percent and 93 percent of those in Colorado and 92 percent and 88 percent of Americans, respectively, said the survey, which was conducted by Opinion Research Corp. for Western Colorado Congress, the Civil Society Institute and TheCLEAN.org.

The survey also found that 55 percent of respondents are more likely to buy a hybrid or more fuel-efficient vehicle now than six months ago.

On oil shale, 48 percent of the respondents said the federal government should offer subsidies only with strict environmental controls and 38 percent said there should be no subsidies.

Nine percent said subsidies should be provided without environmental controls and 4 percent didn’t know.

A large majority, 87 percent, said natural gas companies should be required to provide information to communities and residents about hazardous chemicals used in production. Eleven percent disagreed and 2 percent said neither or that they didn’t know.

The sample included 33 percent Democrats, 18 percent unaffiliated voters leaning Democrat, 27 percent Republicans, 12 percent unaffiliated leaning Republican, 8 percent unaffiliated with no leaning, with the remainder affiliated with other parties or people who declined to identify party affiliation.


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