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24% of Americans Consider Themselves Knowledgeable About Energy: Depending on your faith in the American publi...

24% of Americans Consider Themselves Knowledgeable About Energy: Depending on your faith in the American publi...

Depending on your faith in the American public, a figure from the University of Texas at Austin that less than a quarter of Americans consider themselves knowledgeable about energy is either comforting – as in, higher than you thought -- or very scary indeed. For instance, studies have shown that when prices go up at the pump, people tend to use less electricity, although electricity generation almost never comes from oil in the U.S. – unless you’re in Hawaii . But back to that 24 percent. That means the vast majority of Americans are relatively clueless about energy , a fact that is repeated often in other studies and surveys, including one last year from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences . The UT study, which surveyed 3,400 people, also found that despite this lack of knowledge, most people agreed that the U.S. is headed in the right direction when it c...

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