On energy, Americans, including Democrats, want 'all of the above'

I know there is a lot of consternation among many environmental groups and a part of the left about the President's new announced policy of a comprehensive energy and climate strategy, including some off-shore drilling.  Despite the outrage, though, it turns out that most Americans support offshore drilling by a 2:1 margin.  The latest Pew poll found that Americans support an all-of-the-above strategy on energy:

Pew poll on energy policy released 3-2-10

What has been completely without a shred of evidence, though, is some of the claim that President Obama is betraying Democrats.  The fact of the matter is that most Democrats support offshore drilling.  According to a the same Pew poll,
In the latest national poll on the subject, 63 percent of Americans told Pew pollsters in February that they favor allowing more offshore oil and gas drilling in US waters. Moreover, the support crossed party lines, with 74 percent of Republicans, 66 percent of independents and 54 percent of Democrats backing the idea.
These confirmed by a Rasmussen poll released in December, showing a 68% overall support for offshore drilling.  Rasmussen says the numbers are essentially unchanged from a year before, when the same poll found 57% of Democrats in agreement.

Now, I am not saying that a solid majority support makes something a good policy.  However, there does seem to be a sense among some on the left that Obama is betraying his party by this move.  That's just not true.  On top of it, he is the President of the United States - of all the American people, and there is across the board support for it.

The good news is that even broader support for alternative energy funding, and thanks to taking drilling potentially off the table as an issue, the President may well have made it easier to invest more in alternative fuels in the upcoming comprehensive energy bill.


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