Colorado residents overwhelmingly support the use of renewable resources over fossil fuels, according to a new study by the Wells Fargo Public Opinion Research Program of the University of Colorado at Denver. Three out of every four of the survey’s respondents said the state should meet its energy demands through boosting efficiency rather than increasing generation, and 82 percent said energy utilities should focus on developing renewable sources such as wind, solar, and hydropower, rather than coal and natural gas. Even more notably, the survey found that support for renewables was consistent across all age groups, political parties, and regions of Colorado. Industry reps, however, challenged the survey’s methodology and accuracy; Greg Schnacke of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association said the survey was “designed to push a rosy scenario without any semblance of market reality.”
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