30 Sep '15, 11pm

What do Republicans think about clean energy?

There’s nothing inherently liberal about renewable energy. You could be waaaay out there on the fringes of conservative thought — you could want to kill Social Security and Medicare, zero out the tax rate, and make children pay to go to elementary school — and you could still be a fan of solar panels and wind turbines. That said, clean energy has a reputation for being unpopular with conservatives — especially if they’re men, and old. Conservatives with political power have also reliably backed legislation that cuts the cost of oil and gas drilling, which makes it hard for renewable technology to get a foothold. According to a recent poll backed by climate-conscious Republicans, though, conservatives — the voters, not the politicians — are actually bigger fans of renewables than their political record suggests. Among the poll’s findings : 72 percent of the responders who i...

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