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Renewables surge in the American blue heartland

Photo by Luke Stackpoole on Unsplash
Photo by Luke Stackpoole on Unsplash

The momentum behind renewables is surging out of control. Even American Republicans are able to see past the extreme brand of conservatism currently gripping the nation to recognise the merits of renewables.

This is what two researchers from the Washington State University found in a new study on voter attitudes to renewable energy. They found that both Democrats and Republicans think renewables are financially smart and mean lower power bills, and unsurprisingly, Democrats also said they care about the environment.

The study also found that Republicans are tickled by the idea that renewables make them more self-sufficient. The researchers even go so far as to suggest promoting renewables to conservative voters on the basis of the self-sufficiency argument.

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