Encouraging results indeed from the research completed last month by the Small Business Majority on the attitudes of small business owners.economy. They report that "As part of these efforts, scientific opinion polling in six states— Colorado, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia—shows that America’s entrepreneurs want pragmatic, innovative policies that help guide them into a competitive, modern clean energy economy.
Here are their Main Findings
- Small business owners believe government investments in clean energy have an important role in boosting our national economy and creating jobs:
71% of respondents believe it’s important government continues to invest in clean energy, while only 29% say government investments in clean energy and energy efficiency are a waste of money.
Figure 1: Owners agree clean energy investments will boost economy, create jobs
Which of these statements comes closer to your point of view, even if neither one is exactly right:
Government investments in clean energy and energy efficiency have an important role in boosting our national economy and creating jobs now.
Government investments in clean energy and energy efficiency are a waste of money, and neither play an important role in growing our national economy or creating jobs.
- Despite the failure of Solyndra, small businesses do not believe government should stop investing in renewable energy technologies:
The majority of small business owners (58%) agree the failure of Solyndra—which received a $535 million loan guarantee from the federal government—doesn’t mean the federal government should stop investing in renewable energy technologies.
Figure 2: Owners support renewable energy despite Solyndra’s failure
Should the failure of Solyndra mean the government should stop investing in renewable energy technologies, like solar and wind?
- Small businesses support rules recently released by the Environmental Protection Agency requiring new power plants to reduce previously unlimited greenhouse gas emissions:
Three-quarters of respondents, or 76%, are in favor of the EPA determining federal limits on power plants’ emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide.
Figure 3: Majority favors new rules limiting greenhouse gas emissions
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to soon release rules requiring new power plants to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide they emit. There currently are no federal limits on the carbon pollution that comes from industrial sources such as power plants and factories. Generally speaking, do you favor or oppose the EPA regulating carbon pollution from power plants?