While there is a significant partisan split among Americans regarding climate issues, according to public opinion research by the Pew Research Center, one spot of unity in an otherwise divided environmental policy landscape is that the vast majority of Americans support the idea of expanding both solar and wind power. Nearly nine out of 10 respondents favor development of more solar and eight out of 10 say they would like more wind power. The public is more closely divided when it comes to expanding fossil fuel energies such as coal, oil and gas but majorities are still opposed. Pew’s “Politics of Climate” polling also found that 41 percent of Americans say they have given serious consideration to installing solar panels at home (including 4 percent who report they have already done so). Their reasons include both cost savings and help for the environment.

– via the Pew Research Center / Cary Funk and Brian Kennedy

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