Nevada’s small businesses support clean energy solutions

In a refreshing counterpoint to the coal and oil apologists who attack clean energy jobs and investment in Nevada, a group called the Small Business Majority today released a poll that shows strong support for clean energy and smart energy policies in the Silver State.

The poll conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research found 61 percent of small employers in Nevada support Environmental Protection Agency regulation of carbon pollution and other emissions even if it means increases in utility rates, and 60 percent of the state’s small businesses believe government investments in clean energy play an important role in creating jobs and boosting the economy.

Unfortunately, organizations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has filed suit to protect the ability of coal-burning utilities to pollute our air and water with toxic emissions, are dominated by large corporate interests that serve the interests of such entities as the Koch brothers. Whle the Chamber may want to reclassify mercury as a vegetable, those small businesses that are the backbone of the American economy have a much more realistic take on the real costs of pollution.

 Specifically:

* 73 percent of small business owners support new EPA standards that require new power plants to reduce their emissions of previously unregulated greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. 

* 74 percent support EPA rules to reduce the emissions of mercury, arsenic, chromium, nickel and acid gases from new and existing power plants.

* 70 percent of small business owners favor proposed rules to reduce smog and soot pollution that crosses state lines (the “Good Neighbor Rule”).

* 71 percent of Nevada small business owners believe government should play an important role in creating financial incentives that encourage people to take energy efficiency measures, like installing energy efficient light bulbs. Nearly 7 in 10 believe government should provide incentives through funding and policy efforts.

Small business owners polled were politically diverse: 44 percent identified as Republican, 36 percent as Democrat, 11 percent as independent and 8 percent as “other.”

The Small Business Majority is a national nonpartisan small business advocacy organization founded and run by small business owners and focused on solving the biggest problems facing America’s 28 million small businesses.

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