19 Jun '12, 4pm

62% of America no clue what #fracking is, let alone whether it's good/bad. @Sheril_ of @UTAustin on @dotearth

At a young age, Sheril Kirshenbaum has already excelled at many things — authorship in books on kissing and scientific illiteracy , blogging at “Culture of Science ,” and more. Now she directs the new University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll , which offers a valuable view of Americans’ attitudes on energy choices and climate concerns. (The poll methods are described here .) I invited Kirshenbaum to sift the results from the second survey, conducted in March, for findings that she saw as most interesting or notable. One that jumped out at me when I first saw the poll was the large majority of Americans who are either not familiar with (28 percent) or have never heard (35 percent) the terms hydraulic fracturing or fracking . It’s useful for those of us immersed daily in heated discussions on such energy issues to be reminded that, for most citizens, energy is not something ...

Full article: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/19/americans-po...

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