74% of Americans want more alternative fuels

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    74% of Americans want more alternative fuels

    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.
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    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%.

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    Re: 74% of Americans want more alternative fuels

    Haven't you seen the BP and Chevron ads? The oil companies ARE doing something about alternative fuels.

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    Re: 74% of Americans want more alternative fuels

    The most important question they fail to ask is - How much extra are you wiling to pay at the pump for alternative fuels.
    There are a lot of technologies available today that can produce liquid fuels (coal to liquid, biomass to liquid) but not all of them are cheaper than gas (even at today's prices). That kind of information would be useful to a startup.
    Also I must point out that this survey is commissioned by the RFA- the corn ethanol lobby. They don't tell people that their product has an energy efficiency of 1.3:1 and is hardly replacing any imported oil. All they are doing is using imported diesel and natural gas to make ethanol and calling the result home grown and terrorist free. Plus they are putting a strain on water supplies and adding to fertilizer runoffs.

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    Re: 74% of Americans want more alternative fuels

    98% of Americans want anything as long as it doesn't affect them in any way. See what happens when you tell them that taxes would have to go up a penny.

    I always find polls like this kind of funny.
    Last edited by King Riffle; 11-04-2007 at 05:28 PM.
    There's no apology for stupid, boy!

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