Natural gas viewed more positively than other fossil fuels across 20 global publics
A median of 69% of adults across 20 global publics we surveyed are in favor of expanding the use of natural gas.
Fast facts about U.S. views on oil and gas production as White House moves to open Alaska refuge to drilling
As the debate resurfaces over drilling in the wildlife refuge, here are some facts about Americans’ views of expanded oil and gas drilling.
Renewable energy is growing fast in the U.S., but fossil fuels still dominate
Solar and wind power use has grown rapidly in the past decade, but as of 2018 those sources accounted for under 4% of all energy used in the U.S.
More U.S. homeowners say they are considering home solar panels
Some 46% of U.S. homeowners say they have given serious thought to adding home solar panels in the past year, up from 40% in 2016.
More Americans oppose than favor increased offshore drilling
More Americans now oppose than favor allowing more offshore oil and gas drilling in U.S. waters. Americans who live close to a coastline are less supportive of expanding offshore drilling than those who live farther from a coast.
Public Divides Over Environmental Regulation and Energy Policy
Americans lean toward regulations – not economic markets alone – as the most effective way to increase reliance on renewable energy, but they are evenly split on whether fewer regulations can protect air and water.
How much does science knowledge influence people’s views on climate change and energy issues?
People’s level of science knowledge helps to a degree to explain their beliefs about climate and energy issues, but it depends on their partisanship.
Public divided over Keystone XL, Dakota pipelines; Democrats turn decisively against Keystone
Public support for the Keystone XL pipeline has fallen since 2014, largely because of a sharp decline among Democrats.
Two-thirds of Americans give priority to developing alternative energy over fossil fuels
Support for focusing on alternative energy development (is up slightly since December 2014, but wide political differences remain.
Clinton, Trump supporters deeply divided over use of fossil fuel energy sources
Supporters of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump disagree on whether to support or oppose expanding the production of a range of fossil fuel energy sources.
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