30 May '12, 7pm

Why Energy Literacy Matters & What to Do About It

Why Energy Literacy Matters & What to Do About It

A few years ago, over 1,000 Americans responded to a Public Agenda survey about energy . The results were startling. Nearly four in ten American adults could not name a single fossil fuel. Over half of respondents couldn’t name a renewable energy source. A few years before that, the National Environmental Education Foundation asked 1,503 American adults how much they knew about energy (PDF ). Though 75 percent responded that they knew “a fair amount” or “a lot,” just 12 percent passed a basic energy quiz, correctly answering such questions as how most of our electricity is generated, whether gas mileage is rising or falling, and what the fastest growing sector of the economy is with regard to energy consumption. (That these two studies from 2009 and 2002 respectively are the most recent that I could dig up on the subject of “energy literacy” is quite possibly as revealing ...

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