Americans don’t agree on much these days. We’re at war over our path forward as a country, and even over Big Bird.
But the prospect of expanding our country’s solar and wind power resources has out-of-this-world polling results, with 90 percent and 83 percent responding favorably, respectively.
These are Dolly Parton–level approval numbers that cut across parties and cohorts — yet most politicians and the mainstream press choose to consistently overlook the public’s overwhelming love for renewable power sources.
A couple of members of Congress are looking to capitalize on solar’s broad appeal and boost the industry.
- Senator Jon Ossoff (D-Georgia) is sponsoring the Solar Energy Manufacturing for America Act, which would create a tax credit for domestic solar panel production in order to bring offshore manufacturing back onshore.
- Representative Val Demings (D-Florida) introduced the Reclaiming the Solar Supply Chain Act with the aim of creating domestic manufacturing jobs while confronting issues related to supply-chain, emissions and human-rights concerns.
Canary Editor-at-Large David Roberts recently mused on the stunning popularity of solar power: “This is something that is utterly remarkable about solar, and, especially in 2021, almost unique: It polls through the roof. It always has. It seems to defy political gravity in a way almost no other issue I can think of does.”
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