21 Jun '12, 5pm

General public still unaware of what fracking is – much less its impacts:

Flammable tap water still from Gasland . Sixty-three percent of Americans don’t really know what fracking is. Which is, what? Mind-boggling? Unbelievable? What’s the description I’m looking for here? The figure comes from a study conducted by the University of Texas , which asked this question: How familiar are you with the term “hydraulic fracturing” (sometimes referred to as “fracking”)? Thirty-two percent of respondents indicated familiarity; nearly everyone else was either not familiar or had never heard the term (which is a weird distinction). Talking Points Memo (TPM), citing that report, indicated that they’d received a slightly different response from their readers . In 2010 and 2012, TPM asked readers how they felt about increased government investment in natural gas exploration. The response: In 2010, 55.5% either agreed or strongly agreed and two years later 56....

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