Maine and New Hampshire Small Businesses Support Clean Energy Standards and Want Congressional Action on EPA Nominee

Publisher: 
Small Business Majority
Date: 
Thursday, May 30, 2013

Scientific opinion polling shows small business owners in Maine and New Hampshire believe government can play an important role in creating financial incentives that help small businesses take energy efficiency measures. As the drivers of the economy, small businesses want lawmakers to do what they were sent to Washington to do, including holding an up or down vote on nominees to lead government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency.

Polling found small businesses in these states support the president’s nomination to lead the EPA after learning about her qualifications. A strong 62% support nominee Gina McCarthy, who is currently the EPA’s air chief. McCarthy has more than three decades of public service at the local, state and federal levels, has worked for five Republican governors and has a reputation for working well with business and industry leaders. What’s more, small business owners support EPA action to limit carbon emissions that cause climate change and set standards for existing power plants, refineries and other major emitters.

Key Findings

Maine and New Hampshire small businesses believe the expanded use of renewable energy sources can have economic benefits and provide new business opportunities for entrepreneurs: A vast 70% of small businesses agree the expanded use of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power can have economic benefits for small business owners such as lowering utility bills and providing new business opportunities.

Small firms agree the expanded use of renewable energy sources can have economic benefits for small business owners

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: the expanded use of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power can have economic benefits for small business owners such as lowering utility bills and providing new business opportunities for entrepreneurs?

Maine and New Hampshire small businesses believe government can play an important role in creating financial incentives that help small businesses: 56% of Maine and New Hampshire small businesses believe government can play an important role in creating financial incentives that help small businesses take energy efficiency measures, saving businesses money and reducing energy consumption.

Owners agree government can play an important role in creating financial incentives that help small businesses take energy efficiency measures

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: Government can play an important role in creating financial incentives that help small businesses to take energy efficiency measures, saving businesses money and reducing energy consumption?

Majority of small business owners support Gina McCarthy’s nomination to head the EPA: 62% of respondents support Gina McCarthy’s nomination based on her bipartisan experience and her experience working with business and industry leaders.

Small business owners support nominee Gina McCarthy to head EPA

Do you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose Gina McCarthy’s nomination to head the EPA?

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