CSI research attempts to bridge gap between politics, energy

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When it comes to domestic energy production, Americans are unwilling to achieve it by sacrificing clean water, and expanded wind and solar power. That is according to a new ORC International survey conducted for the nonprofit Civil Society Institute (CSI) and Environmental Working Group (EWG).

An equal number of Democrats and Republicans were surveyed and the results were surprisingly balanced, indicating support across party lines.

In fact, 94 percent want the government to better balance energy production protecting water and air; 91 percent of want Congress to lead a "national agenda for clean energy and protecting America's water and air;" and 86 percent want a shift from coal and nuclear energy to wind and solar.

According to 92 percent of respondents, "U.S. energy planning and decision making" should be based on "a comprehensive understanding of what our national water resources are." Congress has asked for a national water roadmap but it never materialized.

The results of the survey should be a "wake-up call for federal elected officials," according to Pam Solo, president and founder of CSI.

"The voracious appetite that conventional energy such as gas, oil, coal and nuclear power has on water availability is increasingly a problem for many parts of the country," Solo said. "When given a menu of choices and not asked a simple 'yes or no' question, Americans weigh our options and come down in favor of increased energy efficiency and low environmental impact and healthier energy futures such as wind and solar power.

"The distance between what the public values and where political decision makers are headed should be seen as an opportunity for real leadership at the federal level. Energy policy is at the heart of our economic prosperity, public health, and national security. And Americans overwhelmingly want a voice that can counter the undue influence of the energy industries that have a stake in business as usual," she said.

For more:
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