There’s some discouraging news for friends of fossil fuel: More than 48 percent of respondents to a recent survey by Ozoshare, a new social networking site for “greenies,” believe that the government should focus attention on renewable energy—and fully 67 percent think that the Obama Administration has done just that for the past four years.
Los Angeles-based Ozoshare commissioned the study, "Government Involvement: Furthering the Green Movement," to elicit perceptions from a cross-section of Americans (Republicans, Democrats and Independents) about what the government's role should be in relation to the green movement. The results are based on a September 2012 electronic survey of U.S. residents across all 50 states.
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According to PolitiFact—a political fact-checking organization that monitors Congress, the White House, lobbyists and interest groups—the U.S. government has had both successes and failures when it comes to furthering the green movement.
In terms of keeping green campaign promises, the current administration has succeeded in raising fuel economy standards, establishing programs to convert manufacturing centers into clean technology leaders, and requiring 10 percent of electricity to come from renewable energy by 2012.
The areas in which the administration has not met its initial goals include the creation of a low carbon fuel standard, elimination of oil and gas tax loopholes and the establishment of a Green Energy Corps to promote green energy in developing countries.
Interestingly enough, despite the Solyndra “body slams” that have been inflicted on the Administration by Republicans, most respondents (50.8 percent) said that the government should advance renewable energy using financial incentives.
Overwhelmingly, Americans view green energy as an area where the most improvements have been made by the government and where it should continue to focus its efforts. However, green building and environmental conservation also ranked high in terms of where the government should place priority. What’s more, a large percentage of respondents (43.9 percent) said that the government should focus on multiple areas in addition to those listed above—including green living and wildlife conservation.
"What is important about this survey is that, regardless of political persuasion, the overwhelming majority of survey respondents believe that the green movement is growing and that government should play an active role in furthering the movement," said Thomas Smith Jr., president, Ozoshare. "While education and financial incentives should be a part of the government's plan, the overarching point here is that it is imperative for the U.S. to become a greener and more socially responsible society in order to ensure long-term health and survival of life on earth."
Edited by Brooke Neuman