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Poll Finds Small Businesses Support Clean Energy Laws

Written by Ken Gaebler
Published: 9/22/2011

The rising costs of doing business are greatly hurting many small business owners. In response, SMBs have shown strong support for environmental initiatives such as clean energy laws and higher standards for automakers.

A recent poll by the Small Business Majority found small business owners are in support of bold clean energy policies that could help reduce fuel costs. The clean energy laws would also encourage innovation, which in turn would stimulate small business growth.

Small Businesses Support Clean Energy Laws

The survey found 87 percent of small business owners believe improving energy efficiency and encouraging innovation are good ways to increase prosperity among small businesses. The biggest concern for 46 percent of small business employers is economic uncertainty, while 43 percent feel the most pressure from the rising energy costs. In addition, 80 percent of respondents would have supported a Corporate Average Fuel Economy standard of 60 miles per gallon by the year 2025, which is strongly opposed by automakers.

A similar study conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research found 12 percent of small business owners said they have purchased a hybrid, electric or alternative fuel vehicle, and 47 percent said they would be willing to do so in the future.

"Tougher fuel economy standards means lower gas costs for the fleet businesses operate," John Arensmeyer, the founder of the Small Business Majority, told The New York Times in an interview.

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