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Americans show support for clean energy in polls

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(Read caption) The full moon sets behind a wind farm in the Mojave Desert in California in this January 2004 file photo. New polls suggest that an overwhelming majority of Americans support clean energy efforts.

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With sustainability and clean energy both hot topics nearing the end of the presidential campaign, pollsters are hitting up citizens from around the United States in order to see where the general population stands on those subjects and their relation to climate change.

The results show that Americans overwhelmingly support political efforts to reduce the effects of greenhouse gases, with most agreeing that climate change is an important issue that needs immediate attention.

One poll, conducted by independent firm Hart Research Associates, took in the opinions of 1,206 adults from across the country with widely varying political views, finding that 92 percent of them believe that it is “very important” or “somewhat important” for the United States to further develop solar power in order to achieve sustainability. (See more: First Solar May Supply World’s Largest Solar Farm

Another poll, this one investigating not only attitudes towards climate change, but the political affiliation of those attitudes, found that 7 percent of voters remain undecided, with most of those people reporting that climate change will be one of several key factors that will determine which candidate gets their vote next month.

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