Poll urges Congress to pass energy plan

Eighty-four percent gave high priority to comprehensive energy legislation

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2002 — More than 8 of 10 Americans polled want Congress to pass comprehensive energy legislation now in order to ensure stable energy supplies and strengthen national security.

These findings come as a House-Senate Conference Committee is being appointed to resolve differences in House- and Senate-passed energy bills.

The poll of 1,000 adult Americans, conducted by Wirthlin Worldwide May 30-June 3, 2002 on behalf of the Alliance for Energy and Economic Growth, shows that Americans feel more strongly about the need to enact an energy plan now than they did last fall.

Currently, 47 percent of Americans consider passage of a comprehensive energy plan a “very high priority” (compared to 33 percent in October 2001) and 37 percent consider it a “somewhat high priority.”

Growing concerns about national security — and the recognition that stable energy supplies play a vital role in that security — are evident in the current findings. Now, one-third of all Americans say that “protecting our national security” is the most important reason to enact a comprehensive energy plan, compared to 19 percent in July 2001.

“These findings once again underscore that Americans don’t want to gamble with our national security, and Congress shouldn’t either,” said Alliance spokesman Bruce Josten, Executive Vice President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “House-Senate conferees must move quickly to finalize a comprehensive energy plan that increases domestic production and minimizes our growing reliance on foreign energy from unstable regions of the world.”

For information about the Alliance, see its web site: http://www.yourenergyfuture.com.

The Alliance for Energy and Economic Growth is a broad coalition of more than 1,300 energy producers and users, representing both large and small businesses, as well as labor unions, which are united in support of comprehensive energy legislation that will increase domestic energy supplies, modernize the energy infrastructure, and strengthen the economy.

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