Opportunity Knocks: Let's Open the Door to Clean Energy, President Obama

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How huge of a mess is the Gulf oil spill? Huge enough for President Barack Obama to hold the first oval office address of his presidency, and press BP to create a fund to clean up the devastation from the April 20 Deepwater Horizon explosion. As horrible as this tragedy is, it's an opportunity for the nation to stop going down the dirty energy road, and take the detour to clean energy and the jobs and promise it holds. If you missed the address, you can watch the official video on YouTube.

"If there ever was an opportunity to pass comprehensive, clean energy reform, it's now," said Lisa Wozniak, executive director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.

"We shouldn't squander this chance. The Gulf oil spill is everywhere, and the public is paying attention."

The public also supports changes to the status quo of fossil fuels.

A poll commissioned by the national League of Conservation Voters shows overwhelming public support for comprehensive energy legislation. This is about going beyond just paying for the damage done. It's about making clean energy investments and increasing regulations on corporate polluters. 

With elections coming up, the need for comprehensive energy legislation also is a powerful issue, with high support from key electoral groups, according to the survey, done by the Benenson Strategy Group.

Read more about the poll on LCV's page