American Voters Want to Protect Energy Diversity

New national polling conducted by Morning Consult for the National Mining Association (NMA) revealed that 67 percent of voters support an all-of-the-above energy strategy that includes coal.

Coal is a key part of America’s energy picture, working alongside natural gas, nuclear power, oil and renewable sources to ensure Americans have access to affordable, reliable energy year-round.

Through diversification, price increases or supply disruptions in any one fuel can be offset by another. With more coal reserves than any other country, the U.S. is uniquely positioned to meet its energy needs with a low-cost, secure source of domestic energy.

Importantly, the polling also revealed:

  • 81 percent believe maintaining America’s diverse energy mix – including coal – to preserve the affordability of electricity costs in the U.S. is important (6 percent do not believe it is important, 13 percent did not answer)
  • 81 percent also believe maintaining America’s diverse energy mix – including coal – to preserve the reliability of the electricity in the U.S. (6 percent do not believe it is important, 13 percent did not answer)
  • 67 percent believe the U.S. should prioritize investment in high efficiency, low emissions coal plants (13 percent disagree, 21 percent did not answer)

Americans understand the value inherent in the nation’s balanced electricity mix. An all-of-the-above energy strategy that leans on innovation and technology, including high efficiency, low emissions coal technologies, to reduce emissions while preserving affordability and reliability, isn’t just a strategy supported by voters, it’s policy that can achieve results.

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