Thursday, November 03, 2011


Schott Solar has done their fourth annual survey of American citizens to get their preferences on energy production.  Our people are way ahead of the Congressional crowd.

Here are some of the basic findings.

•    Nine out of ten respondents (89%) think it is important for the U.S. to develop and use solar power.

•    Solar energy is non-partisan: Independents (90%), Republicans (80%) and Democrats (94%) all agree that developing solar energy is important.

•    Eight out of ten Americans (82%) believe that solar energy should receive the same level and type of support as fossil fuel industries have enjoyed for decades, and that the government should support solar manufacturing.

•    A plurality (39%) would choose to prioritize solar if they were in charge of U.S. energy policy, more than natural gas (21%), wind (12%), nuclear (9%) or coal (3%).

•    More than half of Americans (51%) would be more likely to buy a product if they knew it was made using solar energy.

So, why the disconnect between the people and the Washington crowd?  Simple really.....the campaign finance laws favor the dirty energy crowd.

I am taking a mini golf vacation to California to see old friends and visit the beach.  I will blog from my smart phone if possible.


New Mexican said...

How about an update on your solar stuff. How is it going.

Anonymous said...

Boy, golf has hit you like a freight train. What a great game it is.

Bubba Muntzer said...

Golf: (1) A game invented by people who have seen their names appear in the Only In New Mexico blog along with descriptions of their misdeeds and idiotic ideas.

Bubba Muntzer said...

Startling findings. That's a good example, though, of the disconnect in peoples' minds between what they know is true and how they vote. When asked by pollsters, on issue after issue -- tax policy, social welfare, campaign finance and on and on -- people agree more with Liberal than Conservative viewpoints, then they walk into the voting booth and chuck all that and vote against what they believe and against their own economic interests.

Rather than scratch our heads and wonder why, though, this is why we need to take a look at the kind of Democrats we keep sending to Washington. Do they represent our interests, or do they just say they do to get elected? Do they go along with Obama's and Reed's wholesale concessions to the Republicans, as most recently Udall and Heinrich did in this debt ceiling debacle, or do they say no, like Ben Ray Lujan did?