Many people see America divided along red and blue lines. While a recent Pew Research Center report did find those divides on issues such as increasing fossil fuels, the report uncovered “pockets of partisan agreement over expanding solar and wind power.” In what the center called a “rare point of bipartisan consensus,” 93 percent of liberal Democrats and 71 percent of conservative Republicans favored expanding wind farms. The numbers in favor of expanding solar farms were even higher, with 96 percent Democratic and 80 percent Republican support.
Pew Research Center conducted a national survey among 2,541 people in the U.S. from March 27 to April 9 to probe into Americans’ thoughts about the environment, renewable energy and climate change. President Donald Trump had been in office for just over a year when they conducted the survey; they noted their findings emerged after a year of regulatory policy changes regarding climate and energy. The report showed “majorities see government efforts to protect the environment as insufficient,” with 69 percent of Americans saying the federal government wasn’t doing enough to safeguard water quality in streams, rivers and lakes. 64 percent of respondents said the same of the government’s actions for air quality.
Americans’ thoughts on climate change still tend to evince a partisan divide. For example, about eight in 10 Democrats, or 83 percent, say the planet is warming, mostly due to human activity. Just 18 percent of Republicans say the same. (46 percent of Republicans say Earth is warming mostly due to natural patterns; 36 percent replied that there is no solid evidence of warming.)
There’s a ray of hope with renewable energies, thanks to bipartisan support. Fossil fuels are a different story. Take offshore drilling: about 64 percent of Republicans and 22 percent of Democrats support more drilling. The numbers are similar with coal mining and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
You can delve further into the Pew report on their website.