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Republicans used to love wind and solar. That romance has cooled

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: A new Pew Research Center survey reveals a significant drop in Republican support for wind, solar, and electric vehicles since President Biden took office
• The decline is particularly notable among Republicans aged 65 and older, contrasting with steady support from Democrats

🔭 The context: Since 2020, Republican favorability towards renewable energy has decreased, with only 64% now supporting more solar farms and 56% supporting more wind farms
• This shift is attributed to intensified political polarization and opposition to President Biden's climate policies, including the Inflation Reduction Act

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Broad public support for renewable energy is crucial for achieving climate goals and reducing carbon emissions
• The declining support among Republicans, especially older ones, poses challenges for bipartisan efforts to combat climate change

⏭️ What's next: The political divide on energy policy is likely to persist, impacting the future of clean energy initiatives
• Efforts to increase renewable energy adoption may need to focus on economic benefits rather than environmental messaging to gain broader Republican support

💬 One quote: "We’ve started to apply political identities to things that shouldn’t have political identities." – Mike Murphy, Republican political consultant

📈 One stat: Support among Republicans for prioritizing renewable energy has dropped from 65% in 2020 to 38% in 2024

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