According to an opinion poll commissioned by the Alliance for Affordable Energy, a clear majority of New Orleans residents are supportive of a transition to 100% renewable energy and away from fossil fuels.
Overwhelming support for climate action
Interestingly, the strength of support for renewable energy and climate action was often correlated with the respondent’s generation. As seen with the national Sunrise movement and other youth-led climate action efforts internationally, local residents aged 18-35 offered near-unanimous interest in Community-owned solar by an 85-7% margin, while those aged 35-54 also supported Community Solar by an overwhelming 76-13% margin.
Yet another majority of residents support local access to clean energy, and by a margin of 60-11% support incentives to encourage further renewable adoption, like those previously available through state tax credits.
Overall, the message from this poll shows the voting public in New Orleans is supportive of a shift to renewable energy, with a growing interest in community and private ownership in these resources. With little opposition to transitioning away from fossil fuels and wide support for climate action, the Alliance encourages the City Council to use their regulatory authority to provide a pathway to decarbonization by 2040, while creating more opportunities for local renewable energy.
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