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Survey: Illinois Voters Stand Behind Climate Change Policies

May 18, 2009

Chicago, IL – As Congress is expected to begin debate today on the American Clean Energy and Security Act, new survey findings demonstrate the desire of voters in Illinois and across the country for policies that combat global warming. The proposed legislation would set federal standards for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and controlling global-warming pollution.

The director of the U.S. Global Warming Campaign for the Pew Environment Group, Phyllis Cuttino, says their new survey shows overwhelming bipartisan support for this type of legislation.

"The American voter believes very strongly that global warming is happening; it's happening now, and they want members of Congress and this government to take action to reduce global-warming emissions."

Cuttino says the findings also showed a majority believes an economy that is less dependent on oil and coal, and more dependent on alternative energy sources, will be stronger than the U.S. economy is today.

"Voters understand that we need to make a transition from where we are today to a clean energy economy that's going to grow jobs here at home that can't be exported."

Cuttino adds that, even after being presented with arguments often used by opponents of climate change legislation, including the so-called "energy tax" argument which claims such laws will be expensive for everyone, 62 percent still supported a plan to curb global warming.

Poll results are available at www.pewglobalwarming.org

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - IL