Saturday, March 18, 2017
Public Prefers Protecting Environment Over More Drilling
The Republican Party is not enamored of conservation and developing alternative energy sources. They long ago sold out to the big oil, gas, and coal industries -- giving them a myopic view of energy production.
And it seems that Donald Trump shares that GOP viewpoint. He has filled his cabinet with people beholding to the fossil fuel industry (Tillerson at State -- former head of Exxon, Pruitt at EPA -- who sued gov many times to protect oil & coal companies, Zinke at Interior Dept. -- who wants to open federal preservation areas to drilling and mining, etc.). Trump is also trying to put the Dakota Access Pipeline back on track.
But once again, Trump and his Republican cohorts are bucking the trend of what the public wants to see happen in this country. The public prefers searching for alternative energy sources over increasing fossil fuel production by a whopping 48 point margin. And by a 25 point margin, they favor protecting the environment over prioritizing energy production.
Trump and the GOP seem to be making a habit out of doing the opposite of what Americans want done -- and they are continuing that with their energy policy.
The charts above are from a recent Gallup Poll -- done between March 1st and 5th of a random national sample of 1,018 adults, with a margin of error of 4 points.