Americans want more alternative fuels
Nearly Three Out of Four Americans Want Increased Renewable Fuel Use, Production
National Poll Shows Strong Bipartisan Support for Renewable Fuels Like Ethanol
Washington, DC Americans of all stripes agree: We want greater use of renewable fuels like ethanol. According to a new national poll released today by the Renewable Fuels Now Coalition, 74 percent of Americans believe we should increase our use of domestically produced renewable fuels like ethanol.
In addition, 87 percent of Americans maintain the federal government should actively support the development of a renewable fuels industry in this country, and 77 percent think Congress should encourage oil refiners to blend more ethanol into their gasoline products.
Additional findings include:
Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Americans want the government to provide incentives to encourage refiners to reduce their use of oil and increase use of renewables.
More than three-quarters (78%) maintain that increasing domestic ethanol production will help create new jobs and improve the economy in rural America.
Fifty-eight percent (58%) believe more use of domestically produced ethanol will help reduce our dependence on foreign oil
Three-quarters (75%) of Americans view ethanol as somewhat important in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with 41% viewing ethanol as extremely important in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Focusing on one of the more popular myths about ethanol production, the poll found that 84% of Americans believe something other than ethanol is at the root cause of rising food prices. Specifically, higher oil prices (46%), increased global demand (15%), and adverse weather conditions like drought (14%) were deemed to have a greater impact on food prices than ethanol production (7%).
The poll was conducted October 23-25 by the Mellman Group and commissioned by the RFA. The poll surveyed 1,000 adults with a margin of error of +/- 3.1%.