As Gas Prices Pinch, Support for Oil and Gas Production Grows

Mar 19, 2012

Against a backdrop of rising gas prices, the public continues to see development of alternative energy sources as a higher priority than increased production of oil, coal and natural gas, but the gap has narrowed since a year ago.

Support for allowing more offshore oil driving, which dropped sharply after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, has recovered to pre-spill levels. Support for increased use of nuclear power, which dropped after last year's nuclear disaster in Japan, has recovered, but more modestly.

Among those who have heard about fracking -- a process that injects chemicals and large amounts of water into shale to free natural gas -- there is more support than opposition.

Read the full report, As Gas Prices Pinch, Support for Oil and Gas Production Grows, on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press' Web site.

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