77% of Americans Say U.S. Must Do More to Spur Green Technologies, According to New Poll

Jan 18, 2007, 00:00 ET from TechNet

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Only one in four
 American voters today believe the nation is doing enough to promote and
 utilize alternative or "green" technologies to reduce our nation's reliance
 on foreign energy sources, according to a new poll by Zogby International
 and TechNet's Green Tech Task Force. TechNet is the leading bipartisan
 political network of high tech CEOs promotes the growth of the innovation
     The Zogby/TechNet nationwide poll of 1,043 Americans found that 77% of
 U.S. voters believe that our nation must do more to promote green
     "The magnitude of global energy and environmental challenges demands
 that we act now to implement a sound energy strategy based on U.S.
 innovation," said John Doerr, TechNet Founder and Partner at Kleiner
 Perkins Caufield & Byers. "TechNet is committed to working with the
 President and Congress to reshape our energy future."
     The TechNet Green Technology Initiative is led by a select group of
 TechNet CEOs and senior executives. Its members are: Stuart Aaron, Vice
 President of Marketing and Product Management, Bloom Energy Corporation;
 Phil Bernstein, Vice President, Industry Strategy & Relations, Autodesk,
 Inc.; John Denniston, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; Robert
 Farnsworth, CEO, Sonnet Technologies, Inc.; Paul Lippe, CEO, Qulas;
 Diarmuid O'Connell, Director of Corporate Marketing, Tesla Motors; Steve
 Papermaster, Chairman of the Board, Powershift Ventures; David Pearce,
 President & CEO, Miasole; Dr. Mark Pinto, Senior Vice President and Chief
 Technology Officer, Applied Materials, Inc.; Sue Snyder, Executive Legal
 Counsel and Vice President for International Policy and Relations, Advanced
 Micro Devices (AMD); Michael Volpi, Senior Vice President, Cisco Systems,
 Inc.; and Donald M. Whiteside, Vice President, Corporate Technology Group
 and Director, Technology Policy and Standards, Intel Corporation.
     The TechNet Green Tech Task Force is working closely with the
 Administration and Congress to make energy technology initiatives a high
 priority and to shape energy technology policies. The Task Force is
 scheduled to release its final recommendations in March 2007.
     Results from the Zogby/TechNet poll:
     -- 77% of American voters say that the nation is not doing enough to
        promote and utilize green technologies in order to reduce our reliance
        on foreign fuel sources, 17% say that the nation is doing enough.
     -- 75% of the voting population said that their purchasing decisions in
        the past year have been influenced by a desire to save energy and
        improve the environment.
     -- When asked their preferred alternative to oil and coal as energy
        sources, respondents chose: solar power (28%), biofuels (24%), wind
        (16%) nuclear energy (14%) and fuel cells (4%).  77% of the voting age
        population have improved the energy efficiency of their homes.
     -- 56% have saved energy by purchasing good and services over the
        Internet, and half (50%) have used telecommuting or email to reduce
     -- One in eight (12%) has already purchased alternative fuel vehicles.
     "The solution to America's addiction to oil must be a bold new energy
 strategy based on green technologies and innovation," said Lezlee Westine,
 President and CEO of TechNet. "These survey results confirm that we must do
 more to adopt groundbreaking technologies that solve our over-reliance on
 foreign energy. TechNet is drawing upon the best minds of the IT industry
 to develop a Green Tech Policy Agenda calling for public policies and
 private sector initiatives that spur the development and adoption of new
 technologies to achieve energy security, preserve economic competitiveness
 and protect the environment. "
     The nationwide telephone survey of 1,043 likely voters was conducted by
 Zogby International from January 5-10, 2007. The poll has a margin of error
 of +/- 3.1 percentage points.
     For complete polling results, go to:
     For cross-tabs, go to: http://www.463.com/clients/technet/X-TN.pdf
     About Zogby International
     Zogby International has been tracking public opinion since 1984 in
 North America, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
     About TechNet
     Former Netscape CEO Jim Barksdale, Cisco CEO John Chambers and John
 Doerr created TechNet in 1997 to shape public policy impacting U.S.
 innovation and technology leadership. TechNet has since become the
 preeminent organization representing chief executive officers of the
 nation's leading high technology companies. Through the power of its
 network, TechNet continues to have a stellar impact on public policy
 driving a stronger education system, investments in research and
 development, legal reform, broadband and Internet policy and other issues
 critical to U.S. innovation and global competitiveness.
     TechNet's 200 CEO members are the nation's leading innovators in the
 fields of information technology, Internet and e-commerce, biotechnology,
 venture capital and investment banking. TechNet members represent more than
 one million employees in these fields.
     The TechNet Policy Agenda:
     -- TechNet supports initiatives that will strengthen America's education
        system, increase the number of Americans attaining degrees in science,
        technology, engineering and mathematics, and ensure a high-skilled 21st
        century workforce;
     -- TechNet supports policies that spur entrepreneurship, employee
        ownership and small business growth;
     -- TechNet supports policies to spur green technologies and achieve energy
        security, economic competitiveness and enhanced protection of the
     -- TechNet supports patent litigation reform efforts to end meritless
        lawsuits that are a drain on resources and innovation;
     -- TechNet advocates policies to spur the rapid deployment of broadband
        networks and consumer access to Internet content and services, and to
        ensure the continued growth and vitality of the Internet.
     -- TechNet calls for a strong national investment in research and
        development through increased federal funding for basic research and
        enactment of a permanent R&D tax credit;
     -- TechNet supports international trade policies and agreements that
        expand markets for U.S. industry.
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