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20 August 2014

THE HILL: Report: Latinos want environment-friendly candidates

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Hispanics are increasingly more likely to vote for candidates who support climate change action and cleaner energy, according to a report out Wednesday. The Hispanic Access Foundation report, which pulled from surveys of Hispanic voters in the U.S. over a span of three years, found that over and over again, Hispanics are overwhelming backing pollution control to mitigate climate change, renewable energy and other environment-friendly policies.

According to a 2014 poll, 78 percent of Hispanics are "more likely to support" a candidate who wants to limit pollution that causes climate change.

Two other surveys say 80 percent to 90 percent of Hispanics are concerned about air and water pollution. 

"Latino voters consistently articulate concern about pollution, and global warming, and are overwhelmingly supportive of a broad policy agenda actively addressing these problems," the report states. 

The report also states that Hispanics are not divided on environmental issues by gender, party identification, age or other demographic traits. 

"Decision makers and advocates with national and regional constituencies will need to demonstrate their attention to these concerns and policy preferences as the Latino population and electorate continues to grow into the foreseeable future," the report states.

Recently, Hispanic groups have backed the Environmental Protection Agency's carbon pollution rules on power plants. 

Twenty-eight Hispanic groups launched a campaign this month throwing their political muscle behind the Environmental Protection Agency's Waters of the United States rule, which seeks to clarify the agency's authority over streams and other bodies of water.

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