Support for Energy Exploration At Highest Level This Decade; More Favor Drilling in ANWR
Pew Research Center -- Amid record gas prices, public support for greater energy exploration is spiking. Compared with just a few months ago, many more Americans are giving higher priority to more energy exploration, rather than more conservation. An increasing proportion also says that developing new sources of energy - rather than protecting the environment - is the more important national priority.
In surveys dating to 2001, majorities or pluralities had consistently said that greater energy conservation and regulation on energy use and prices was more important than increased energy exploration.
The latest nationwide survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted June 18-29 among 2,004 adults, also finds that half of Americans now support drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, up from 42% in February.
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MP: Pretty amazing what a $1 per gallon increase in gas prices (from $3 in February to $4 in June) does to public opinion: a 12% increase in support in just 4 months (from 35% to 47%) for energy exploration, drilling and building new power plants!