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  • FACT: Renewable energy enjoys strong bipartisan support from conservatives, liberals, and independents alike.

  • The Department of Energy Loan Guarantee Program, designed to fund innovative, cleaner energy technologies was started by George W. Bush in 2005. The program has supported renewable energy projects like the largest concentrated solar power plants in the world, the Solana Solar Plant and the Mojave Solar Plant, and the Tesla electric vehicle company. (Source: CNN Money, June 2012, http://cnnmon.ie/IPG5ix)

  • 75% of Americans support putting more emphasis on solar power, including 68% of Republicans. Likewise, 71% of Americans support placing more emphasis on wind energy. (Source: Gallup, March 2013, http://bit.ly/1jfIbZS)

  • 75% of America's wind energy capacity is in Congressional districts held by Republicans. (Source: Red State Renewables Alliance, December 2013, http://bit.ly/IQfrXh)

  • 73% of all congressional representatives have operational wind energy projects, wind manufacturing facilities, or both. On top of that, "nine of the top 10 Congressional districts with the most installed wind capacity are held by Republicans." (Source: American Wind Energy Association, July 2013, http://bit.ly/JAcIBY)

  • In 2012, many Republicans from the House and Senate signed letters to their respective leadership demanding an extension of the Production Tax Credit for renewable energy. This included conservative senators and representatives from Kansas, Arkansas, Iowa, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire and the Dakotas. (Source: The U.S. Senate, February 2012, http://1.usa.gov/1dic7gy, and the U.S. House of Representatives, June 2012, http://1.usa.gov/199bVnh)

  • Former Republican Congressman Barry Goldwater Jr., the son of the 1964 Republican presidential nominee, is the chairman of an organization called Tell Utilities Solar Won't Be Killed that defends Arizona's pro-solar net-metering policies. (Source: The Arizona Republic, March 2013, http://bit.ly/1coG6lm)

  • The co-founder of the Atlanta Tea Party, Debby Dooley, created the "Green Tea Coalition," a free-market based advocate for renewable energy in Georgia that successfully convinced one of the state's largest utilities, Georgia Power, to purchase more solar power. (Source: The Daily Beast, September 2013, http://thebea.st/1d89H45)

  • Renewable energy is especially attractive to conservatives as a national security issue. Michele Combs, a longtime conservative organizer, created Young Conservatives for Energy Reform to promote renewable energy with the goal of reducing America's dependence on foreign energy. (Source: The Charleston Post and Courier, November 2013, http://bit.ly/19hAr3g)

  • The Heritage Foundation, one of the most influential conservative think tanks, announced its support for renewable energy Master Limited Partnerships – a tax structure currently available to fossil fuel projects. (Source: The Heritage Foundation, April 2013, http://herit.ag/1jcbZGQ)

  • Other notable conservative groups supporting MLPs for renewable energy include the Koch-backed special interest group Americans for Prosperity, and Republican members of Congress like Mike Pompeo, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Jerry Moran. (Source: National Journal, April 2013, http://bit.ly/1bWI8hF)

  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world's largest pro-business advocacy group, representing more than 3 million businesses, openly supports the renewable energy industry. The Chamber often provides comments on legislation, sends advocacy letters to politicians, and meets with policy-makers in support of renewable energy. (Source: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, http://uscham.com/IFyMub)

  • The conservative case for renewable energy is tied directly to the industry's profitability and the savings it creates for average Americans, according to a 2013 report titled Powering Up America. (Source: Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, July 2013, http://bit.ly/18D4Atj)

  • In August, a bipartisan group of Congressman and Congresswomen sent a letter to Representative Dave Camp, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, urging him to include policies that "promote America's Renewable Energy economy" in any effort for tax reform. Prominent conservatives to sign the letter include Reps. Jon Runyan, Steve King, and Tom Latham. (Source: House of Representatives, August 2013, http://1.usa.gov/18mc5qF)

  • In traditionally conservative North Carolina, Republican Governor Pat McCrory recently noted that the state is "home to one of the fastest growing solar industries in our nation" and praised the strong job growth, declaring June to be "Solar Energy Month." (Source: N.C. State University, June 2013, http://bit.ly/1fzcOo8)

  • In his 2011 State of the State address the Republican Governor of Kansas, Sam Brownback, said that he wants Kansas "to be known not only as the Wheat State – but as the Renewable State." Brownback has a 93 percent lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union. (Source: Kansas Office of the Governor, January 2011, http://bit.ly/IFBkZd)

  • Texas leads the U.S. in wind energy generation capacity. The state has voted for the Republican candidate in every Presidential election since 1980. (Source: Office of the Texas Comptroller, http://bit.ly/1bLwzHr)

  • According to a recent report, Texas will be able to draw 40% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2035. (Source: Longview News-Journal, December 2013, http://bit.ly/1jNcrZW)

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