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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Sticker Shock - Fuel Prices Now American's #2 Concern

Cross-posted from the Breakthrough Blog

Gas station marquees have apparently displaced body count headlines in the minds of Americans. As gas prices skyrocketed over the past few months, concerns with fuel and oil prices have quickly risen to eclipse the Iraq War and secure the second highest ranking on Gallup's monthly "Most Important Problem" poll, released yesterday.

According to Gallup, the 25% of those polled citing fuel and energy prices in June as the nation's top problem is up dramatically from 17% in May and 6% in January.

Despite the rise of fuel price anxieties (or perhaps because of it), the economy and jobs retain the first position in the Gallup list of most pressing concerns. According to Gallup, concern with the economy is about as high today as it has been at
any time since the start of George W. Bush's presidency in January 2001.

The message from Americans is clear: economic concerns and energy prices trump all. That's a message that cannot be ignored by proponents of climate solutions and a clean energy revolution.

This Gallup poll is yet another clear sign that advocates of clean energy and climate solutions need a powerful politics and compelling narrative that tackle cost concerns head-on and blasts apart the age old (false) dichotomy between climate action and economic prosperity.

It's time to put energy innovation and investment at the center of our political and policy agenda, focus on driving down the real costs of the clean energy sources that can displace increasingly expensive fossil fuels, and develop a clear narrative that directly counters the arguments that climate action will cripple the economy.

In short, we must send a message to Americans just as loud as the one their practically shouting at us in this Gallup poll: the REAL solution to soaring energy costs and even our economic woes is to ignite a clean
energy economy powerful enough to end our addiction to fossil fuels,
re-ignite America's economy, solve the climate crisis and build a more
sustainable, equitable, and prosperous future.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good Job! :)