Gallup recently released latest US public opinion trends on energy production and supply, preference for renewables, and views on conservation and the environment, HERE.
I found Gallup's "bottom line" summary interesting:
As the [Obama] administration weighs its options, one policy Obama could champion without fear of much public resistance is developing alternative energy sources such as solar and wind power. From the high level of support Americans show for that option, it appears that it simultaneously satisfies their demand for energy and addresses their concerns about energy independence, while being sensitive to environmental concerns. [Emphasis mine]
It you want people to be "satisfied" about an outcome, you can only do it by actually delivering the outcome so that people can experience the results and benefits. Being that it will take decades for solar and wind power to actually play a significant role in the energy mix (and probably will never in our lifetime be the only sources of energy), is Gallup really serious in their advice to President Obama? Wouldn't this approach create unrealistic expectations on energy and thus contribute to people's growing apathy toward the government's ability to tackle energy and climate change policy?