America’s Sportsmen Want Clean Energy Investments That Stimulate Economy, Protect Wildlife

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A majority of American sportsmen believe that additional
development of renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and biofuels will
do more to stimulate our economy than additional development of on- and
offshore oil and gas sources, according to a recent poll by
American Viewpoint, commissioned by National Wildlife Federation Action Fund.

Seven in 10 sportsmen voters believe the country is on the
wrong track when it comes to meeting our current and future energy needs,
including 72 percent of those undecided in the presidential contest.

Eighty-five percent agree that “We can improve the
environment and strengthen the economy by investing in renewable energy
technologies that create jobs while reducing global warming.”

More than three-quarters of sportsmen believe the United States needs to set a goal of achieving 100 percent of its electricity from clean
renewable sources of power within 10 years.

The sportsmen polled tend to be swing voters who consider
conservation to be as important as, if not more important than, gun rights.
Despite the strong presence of hunters in the poll (67 percent either hunt or
hunt and fish), 47 percent of these respondents believe that “Gun rights are
important, but conservation is just as important.”

A report
released in September on green jobs
found that, in addition to creating two
million jobs nationwide over two years, a $100 billion initial investment in our
clean energy future would create nearly four times more jobs than spending the
same amount of money within the oil industry.


Published: October 21, 2008