Most Americans support expanding solar and wind energy, but Republican support has dropped
Among Republicans, support for increasing reliance on solar power is down from 84% last year to 73% today.
Today’s electric vehicle market: Slow growth in U.S., faster in China, Europe
A small but significant share of car owners in the U.S. have traded filling up for plugging in, and many more are thinking of joining them.
Electric vehicles get mixed reception from American consumers
39% of Americans say that the next time they purchase a vehicle, they are at least somewhat likely to seriously consider electric.
Natural gas viewed more positively than other fossil fuels across 20 global publics
A median of 69% of adults across 20 global publics we surveyed are in favor of expanding the use of natural gas.
Fast facts about U.S. views on oil and gas production as White House moves to open Alaska refuge to drilling
As the debate resurfaces over drilling in the wildlife refuge, here are some facts about Americans’ views of expanded oil and gas drilling.
Renewable energy is growing fast in the U.S., but fossil fuels still dominate
Solar and wind power use has grown rapidly in the past decade, but as of 2018 those sources accounted for under 4% of all energy used in the U.S.
More U.S. homeowners say they are considering home solar panels
Some 46% of U.S. homeowners say they have given serious thought to adding home solar panels in the past year, up from 40% in 2016.
U.S. Public Views on Climate and Energy
A majority of U.S. adults say they are taking at least some specific action in their daily lives to protect the environment, though Democrats and Republicans remain at ideological odds over the causes of climate change and the effects of policies to address it.
More Americans oppose than favor increased offshore drilling
More Americans now oppose than favor allowing more offshore oil and gas drilling in U.S. waters. Americans who live close to a coastline are less supportive of expanding offshore drilling than those who live farther from a coast.
Public Divides Over Environmental Regulation and Energy Policy
Americans lean toward regulations – not economic markets alone – as the most effective way to increase reliance on renewable energy, but they are evenly split on whether fewer regulations can protect air and water.
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