A new poll of small business owners nationwide shows bipartisan support for “keeping it clean” when it comes to energy. Majorities surveyed support reducing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, increasing energy efficiency by 50 percent in ten years, and establishing incentives for clean energy. The American Sustainable Business Council sponsored the scientific poll nationally. Policy Director Richard Eidlin says large majorities of small business owners, regardless of political affiliation, want the country to focus on energy development that’s clean and renewable. Support came in at 63 percent for backing the EPA in limiting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.
|"And that, we think, is particularly important given the development this week and the announcement by President Obama about authorizing EPA to issue new rules, new regulations, on existing power plants."|
Other results: 63 percent of small business owners would like to see a national renewable energy standard. And 62 percent of small business owners oppose continuing subsidies to oil, gas and coal companies.
Susan Labandibar, president of TechNetworks in Boston, explains why subsidies to fossil fuel companies aren’t popular.
|"It’s not surprising that small businesses would not necessarily be in favor of continuing oil and gas subsidies, and subsidizing industries that are already well-established, because those subsidies tend to go, for the large part, to large corporations."|
Richard Eidlin says clean and renewable isn’t associated with a party among small businesses. Responses are the same across party lines, and shows there is support for priorities outlined in President Obama’s climate speech.
|"We found a lot to be appreciative of. We think it will help stimulate the economy, that it’s a really smart step in the right direction to addressing a very large problem."|
Eidlin says one poll result was a bit surprising to him: 80 percent of small business owners want disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” Full poll results and methods at ASBCouncil.org.