Americans Choose Environmental Protection Over Energy Production

Gallup: “About half of Americans (49%) say that protection of environment should be given priority, even at the risk of limiting the amount of energy supplies, virtually unchanged from their sentiment last year. Fewer than four in 10 (39%) prioritize the development of U.S. energy supplies even if the environment suffers to some extent.”

Energy Production vs. Environmental Protection

“For the second year in a row, Americans are leaning more heavily in favor of protecting the environment than in developing energy supplies … A majority of Americans say Obama is doing a “good job” of protecting the nation’s environment, suggesting this is an area of strength for the president.”

“But even as a plurality of Americans favor environmental protection over energy development, U.S. oil production is set to hit a 45-year high, benefitting many Americans in the form of lower gas prices … But should gas prices increase substantially, Americans’ feelings on this issue could change.”

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