Thursday, October 24, 2013

Reality Check: UT Poll Finds Just 40% Of Public Familiar With Hydraulic Fracturing Technology

For energy wonks, the University of Texas energy poll is sobering. For example, the poll finds that just 40% of Americans are familiar with hydraulic fracturing technology.

Among that 40%, the poll measured a drop in support for hydraulic fracturing from 45% to 38%.  The poll, however, also found that 82% want the federal government to focus on developing gas and 89% want it to concentrate on renewable energy.

Not too surprisingly, the poll documents contradictions in popular opinion about energy issues. It is also a reality check for energy wonks and a reminder that most Americans have many other things on their minds.

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