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Iowa Voters Want Congressional Action on Renewable Energy

PHOTO: Iowa accounts for a quarter of the nation's annual ethanol fuel production, and a new poll demonstrates voters on both sides of the aisle support the use of cleaner fuels and renewable energy. Photo credit: Jeff Easter/Flickr.
PHOTO: Iowa accounts for a quarter of the nation's annual ethanol fuel production, and a new poll demonstrates voters on both sides of the aisle support the use of cleaner fuels and renewable energy. Photo credit: Jeff Easter/Flickr.
November 25, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa has become a leader in ethanol production and wind power, and when the new Congress is sworn into office in January, voters from both sides of the aisle will be expecting action on clean and renewable energy.

Melissa Williams, national political director with the Sierra Club, says a new poll commissioned by the long-standing conservation organization shows support for renewable energy efforts is widespread.

"Up to 73 percent of voters were more likely to support a candidate who wanted to increase the use of renewable energy, rather than a candidate pushing to increase traditional energy," she says.

Iowa is the nation's largest producer of ethanol, and one of the leading states utilizing wind power, with more than 30,000 jobs in the state's clean energy sector.

The poll also found almost seven in 10 voters want Iowa's Senator-elect Joni Ernst to support efforts to address the effects of climate change.

"Not surprisingly, that includes 89 percent of Democratic voters, but also 52 percent of Republican voters," says Williams. "It goes to show that in a state like Iowa, the value on renewable energy is quite high."

Williams also notes this is an issue important across all six of the battleground states in the Sierra Club poll.

"In every state we surveyed, voters were adamant the winners of the Senate contest should get to Washington and support efforts to deal with this," she says.

Key to those efforts is the Environmental Protection Agency's first-ever plan to limit carbon emissions from the country's existing power plants. The proposal, still in the public comment phase, aims to cut power plant pollution by 30 percent by 2030, compared to 2005 levels.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - IA