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Renewable Energy: Sometimes We Can All Agree, Says Indiana University Study

New calf born the other morning, all in good shape. Not a cloud in the sky over the farm that day. But I have to tell you, what I just finished reading eclipses all else on that perfect Indiana spring day.

According to the research, liberals, moderates, and conservatives believe in a future that maximizes utilization of renewables.

From the beginnings of our organization, we believed that growing renewable energy had to be about progress without partisanship. At the end of the day, renewable energy isn’t a partisan issue, it’s about providing low-cost, reliable energy, with local economic benefits. We can all agree on that.


A new study conducted by researchers from Indiana University and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States indicates that support for renewables energy crosses over political boundaries. According to the research, liberals, moderates, and conservatives believe in a future that maximizes utilization of renewables.


To quote the IU authors of the study:


When we asked participants to indicate the amount of each energy source they hoped the U.S. would use in 2050, the broad consensus favored a future in which the nation primarily relied on renewable energy and used much less fossil fuel. Conservatives, moderates and liberals shared this outlook.”


Hoosiers For Renewables is excited to see that our prestigious universities are conducting research to help all of us understand that sometimes we agree more than we realize. It’s clear: expansion of renewables is right for Indiana. Why?


  • The energy is homegrown

  • The economic benefits flow to our communities and counties

  • The cost has plummeted and is now cheaper than fossil fuel


So as my new little calf grows, let’s all keep working to grow renewable energy in Indiana. We all can agree on that.


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