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77% of Americans Say U.S. Must Do More to Spur Green Technologies

Only one in four American voters today believe the nation is doing enough to promote and utilize alternative or "green" technologies to reduce our nation's reliance on foreign energy sources, according to a new poll by Zogby International and TechNet's Green Tech Task Force. TechNet is the leading bipartisan political network of high tech CEOs promotes the growth of the innovation economy.

The Zogby/TechNet nationwide poll of 1,043 Americans found that 77% of U.S. voters believe that our nation must do more to promote green technologies.

"The magnitude of global energy and environmental challenges demands that we act now to implement a sound energy strategy based on U.S. innovation," said John Doerr, TechNet Founder and Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. "TechNet is committed to working with the President and Congress to reshape our energy future."

The TechNet Green Technology Initiative is led by a select group of TechNet CEOs and senior executives. Its members are: Stuart Aaron, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management, Bloom Energy Corporation; Phil Bernstein, Vice President, Industry Strategy & Relations, Autodesk, Inc.; John Denniston, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; Robert Farnsworth, CEO, Sonnet Technologies, Inc.; Paul Lippe, CEO, Qulas; Diarmuid O'Connell, Director of Corporate Marketing, Tesla Motors; Steve Papermaster, Chairman of the Board, Powershift Ventures; David Pearce, President & CEO, Miasole; Dr. Mark Pinto, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Applied Materials, Inc.; Sue Snyder, Executive Legal Counsel and Vice President for International Policy and Relations, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD); Michael Volpi, Senior Vice President, Cisco Systems, Inc.; and Donald M. Whiteside, Vice President, Corporate Technology Group and Director, Technology Policy and Standards, Intel Corporation.

The TechNet Green Tech Task Force is working closely with the administration and Congress to make energy technology initiatives a high priority and to shape energy technology policies. The Task Force is scheduled to release its final recommendations in March 2007.

Results from the Zogby/TechNet poll:
  • 77% of American voters say that the nation is not doing enough to promote and utilize green technologies in order to reduce our reliance on foreign fuel sources, 17% say that the nation is doing enough.
  • 75% of the voting population said that their purchasing decisions in the past year have been influenced by a desire to save energy and improve the environment.
  • When asked their preferred alternative to oil and coal as energy sources, respondents chose: solar power (28%), biofuels (24%), wind (16%) nuclear energy (14%) and fuel cells (4%). 77% of the voting age population have improved the energy efficiency of their homes.
  • 56% have saved energy by purchasing good and services over the Internet, and half (50%) have used telecommuting or email to reduce travel.
  • One in eight (12%) has already purchased alternative fuel vehicles.
"The solution to America's addiction to oil must be a bold new energy strategy based on green technologies and innovation," said Lezlee Westine, President and CEO of TechNet. "These survey results confirm that we must do more to adopt groundbreaking technologies that solve our over-reliance on foreign energy. TechNet is drawing upon the best minds of the IT industry to develop a Green Tech Policy Agenda calling for public policies and private sector initiatives that spur the development and adoption of new technologies to achieve energy security, preserve economic competitiveness and protect the environment. "

The nationwide telephone survey of 1,043 likely voters was conducted by Zogby International from January 5-10, 2007. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points.

For complete polling results, go to:

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