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If elected officials in Denver and Washington, D.C., are going to continue investing in energy through subsidies, tax breaks and other incentives, the focus should shift from coal and nuclear power to promoting wind and solar energy, enhanced energy efficiency and highly fuel-efficient vehicles, according to a new survey of 600 Colorado adults conducted for TheCLEAN.org and the Civil Society Institute by the leading U.S. survey firm Opinion Research Corp. (ORC).

Key CLEAN/Civil Society Institute survey findings include the following:

- Seventy-six percent of respondents in Colorado would support "a five-year moratorium on new coal-fired power plants in the U.S. if there was stepped-up investment in clean, safe renewable energy - such as wind and solar - and improved home energy-efficiency standards."

- Sixty-two percent of respondents want the new president and Congress to seek "independence from foreign energy primarily by promoting energy sources such as wind or solar, more conservation of energy and hybrid or other highly fuel-efficient cars," and

- Most Colorado residents want to see government aid for wind and solar power put on the same or better footing than coal-fired and nuclear power plants.

"What we see in our survey work is that national and state-level attitudes about energy and climate action vary relatively little," says Wayne Russum, vice president of ORC. "In fact, in some respects, the residents of Colorado are even more inclined than other Americans to look beyond coal and other carbon-based fuels to renewable energy sources."

The CLEAN.org/Civil Society Institute poll conducted by ORC's CARAVAN Services was a telephone survey conducted among a sample of 600 adults (300 men and 300 women) aged 18 and older living in private households in the state of Colorado. Interviewing was completed Oct. 1-5.

For more information, visit theclean.org.

SOURCE: Western Colorado Congress, Grand Junction, Colo., Civil Society

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