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    Poll: Most Americans Support Expansion of Renewable Fuels

    Nearly nine out of 10 believe that the U.S. should pursue renewable energy sources.

    WASHINGTON -- Nine out of 10 Americans support expanding renewable fuel options, according to a recent poll conducted by Harris Interactive and commissioned by the Clean Fuels Development Coalition.

    In addition, the poll -- conducted online between Sept. 21 and Sept. 25, polling 2,199 U.S. adults about their attitudes regarding ethanol -- found that 72 percent of adults believe higher oil prices have substantially impacted the rising cost of food in recent months, while 35 percent of respondents believe ethanol production has significantly impacted rising food prices.

    Further, nearly eight in 10 adults, or 78 percent of respondents, believe usage of ethanol would lessen the country's dependence on foreign oil.

    "This poll suggests that American consumers are aware of our severe dependence on foreign oil," Doug Durante, executive director of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition, said in a statement. "We have reached a crossroads in the energy market, and consumers plainly want an alternative to imported oil. Homegrown, renewable fuels are clearly a viable answer."

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