New Poll Shows Overwhelming Support for Clean Water Act – In Mountaintop Removal States

By Rainforest Action Network
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A new poll released yesterday of likely voters in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia shows widespread opposition to mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining and overwhelming support for enforcement of the Clean Water Act to better protect rivers and streams from the impacts of MTR.

In a statement that accompanies the release, the pollsters said:

“Voters across Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Virginia solidly oppose mountaintop removal coal mining, by wide margins and across a host of demographic and political divides. Three-quarters support fully enforcing—and even increasing protections in—the Clean Water Act to safeguard streams, rivers, and lakes in their states from mountaintop removal coal mining. Fully 76% of voters across these four states support this proposal, including a 62% majority who feel that way strongly. Just 8% of voters oppose it. Support for this proposal is far-reaching, encompassing solid majorities of Democrats (86%), independents (76%), Republicans (71%), and Tea Party supporters (67%).”

Senator Joe Manchin
Senator Joe Manchin
Rep Nick Rahall
Representative Nick Rahall

Someone needs to pass this on to West Virginia’s elected representatives Senator Joe Manchin and Congressman Nick Rahall. These two have been leading the charge in the attack on the Environmental Protection Agency’s attempts to strengthen enforcement of the Clean Water Act. We’ve long-known that neither politician cares about their voters’ best interests, but for how much longer will they be able to ignore their wishes?

The poll was conducted by Lake Research Partners and Bellwether Research & Consulting and commissioned by Appalachian Mountain Advocates, Earthjustice and the Sierra Club.