Polling from the Pew Research Center finds overwhelming support for climate action in public opinion — especially regarding renewable energy solutions.

Every athlete and artist knows the importance of “visualizing success” — and so do we. That’s why each week we summarize three pieces of news that paint a picture of a brighter future. This week brings promising signs from the realms of finance, industry and public opinion.

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US public opinion supports action on climate change — and has for years

By David Roberts, Vox, June 23, 2020

  • Recent polling from the Pew Research Center finds a majority of U.S. adults believe in human caused climate change, and support solutions reduce its effects.
  • 90% of U.S. adults — regardless of political beliefs — favor more solar panel farms. 83% support more wind turbine farms, and only 37% favor more fracking.
  • Gender, age and political beliefs tend to drive climate change ideology. Older male conservative Republicans are the least supportive of climate change solutions. Although, even this outlier segment supports expanding renewable energy infrastructure over fossil fuels.

Goldman Sees $16 Trillion Opening as Renewables Pass Oil and Gas

By Dan Murtaugh, Bloomberg Green, June 16, 2020

  • Goldman Sachs projects global renewable energy spending will surpass fossil fuel spending in 2021. The group projects $16 trillion in clean energy investment opportunities through 2030.
  • From the article: “Clean energy could drive $1-$2 trillion a year in infrastructure investment and create 15-20 million jobs globally. Meanwhile the high cost of capital for fossil fuel developments is leading to underinvestment, which could lead to higher oil and gas prices that in turn spur a faster energy transition.”

An Electric Pickup Truck Brings New Energy To Lordstown, Ohio

By Camila Domonoske, NPR, June 23, 2020

  • Electric vehicle startup Lordstown Motors purchased a former General Motors plant in Ohio and intends on hiring thousands of workers laid off by GM last year.
  • Lordstown Motors will unveil its electric pickup, the Endurance, this week. The vehicle is comporable to the Tesla Cybertruck, Ford electric F-150, GM’s electric Hummer, and other startups like Nikola.
  • Electric vehicles have far less moving parts than gas-powered ones, and therefore require less labor to manufacture. Lordstown plans to retrofit much of GM’s old machinery to work for its electric truck.

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