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May 27, 2010

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Research Conducted by We Can Lead Shows Voters in States Support Comprehensive Energy and Climate Solution that Creates Jobs

ILLINOISa - In the wake of the BP oil spill, comprehensive climate and energy legislation unveiled earlier this month has gained overwhelming support among voters in Illinois, according to new opinion research released today by We Can Lead, a project of Ceres and the Clean Economy Network.

Senators John Kerry (Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (Conn.) unveiled a comprehensive clean energy and climate proposal earlier this month that won the support of business, environment, national security, faith and veterans groups. According to new research data, voters in Illinois support the proposal 59-37%.

"Senators Burris and Durbin should take notice that voters at home are paying close attention to what they are doing or not doing on energy and climate while in Washington," said Jeff Anderson, Executive Director of the Clean Economy Network and co-director of the We Can Lead campaign. "These results show voters in their state support action on clean energy and climate and they want action from their Senators."

"These poll results show support far beyond the Democratic base for sweeping energy legislation," said Tom Jensen, Director of Public Policy Polling. "A majority of independents in all these states want to see the bill passed, and Republicans are highly supportive of many key goals of the bill as well."

The research also found:
  • Support for Clean Energy Job Creation. 74% of voters in Illinois indicate they would be more likely to support the bill if it created new jobs in clean energy industries.

  • Key Legislative Goals Supported. A majority of voters support many of the key objectives the bill hopes to accomplish. 59% of voters in Illinois would like to see the federal government invest more in clean energy technology. 64% in Illinois think there should be stricter regulation of corporate polluters. And 77% of Illinois voters want the country to bolster its energy independence and reduce threats to our national security.

  • Gulf Disaster Motivating Support. The recent incident associated with offshore drilling has also increased public support for a comprehensive solution to the country's energy issues. 60% of voters in Illinois say that the spill makes them more supportive of the proposal being considered in Congress right now.

Public Policy Polling interviewed 633 Illinois voters from May 18th to May 19th with a margin of error of +/-3.9%.

This polling data comes on the heels of a report released by We Can Lead and American Businesses for Clean Energy (ABCE) last week that shows that more than 6,000 companies are asking the Senate and the Obama White House for climate and clean energy leadership. To see the report and individual state results, click here.

About We Can Lead

The We Can Lead campaign is sponsored by the Clean Economy Network and Ceres' Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP). For more on We Can Lead, visit www.wecanlead.org or follow us on Twitter @wecanlead

The Clean Economy Network, Inc. (CEN) is the largest national membership-based networking, educational, and advocacy organization shaping a new economy based on clean technology and innovation. Our members are professionals, entrepreneurs, investors, and researchers who connect to each other, learn information relevant to business and professional growth, and influence public policies that impact the clean economy.

Ceres is the largest coalition of investors, environmental and public interest organizations in North America. Ceres launched the BICEP coalition, whose members include Levi Strauss & Co., Nike, Starbucks, Best Buy Co., Inc., Target Corp., Sun Microsystems, The Timberland Company, Aspen Skiing Company, Clif Bar & Company, eBay, Gap Inc., Jones Lang LaSalle, The North Face, Seventh Generation, Ben and Jerry's, Eileen Fisher, Stonyfield Farm Inc., and Symantec.
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