New Poll: Development of New Energy Technology Beats Expanded Oil Drilling

Sheryl CanterThis post is by Sheryl Canter, an online writer and editorial manager at Environmental Defense Fund.

Earlier this month I posted about problems with a Pew poll that found a majority of Americans now favor expanding oil drilling over protecting the environment. I suggested that the results were misleading, biased by the questions Pew asked. A new poll released last week confirms this.

When asked whether government’s priority should be "invest in new energy technology" or "expand exploration and drilling", a full 76 percent said "invest in new energy technology" should be the priority.

When asked whether they thought allowing oil companies to drill in new areas would lower gas prices, 54 percent of respondents said no.

Check out the full report [PDF] by Belden Russonello & Stewart for more.

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