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Confronting America's Persistent Energy Illiteracy

Forbes -- Part of the reason for the disconnect, of course, is the anti-fracking campaigns of environmental groups who claim the drilling process taints groundwater, causes earthquakes and uses too much water. Much of the public discourse over fracking has focused on its potential impacts, with little discussion of the potential benefits.

Among the survey respondents who claimed a familiarity with fracking, only 38 percent said they supported it, a decline from 45 percent just a few months ago.

The survey points to a broader public misunderstanding of energy issues. While many who responded said they favored natural gas because it produced fewer carbon emissions than other fossil fuels, they didn’t seem to acknowledge that reaping those benefits requires widespread use of fracking.


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honda0105
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40mpg: indeed it can be daunting.
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It is hard to know who to believe!
honda0105
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2013 12:01:32 AM

it's good to know where things come from, though one doesn't have to know that to be conservative about using resources.
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GNManCo makes sense.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 2:12:47 AM

You do not have to know were the energy comes from, unless you working on drilling for it. Government and the energy companies can worry about that.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 1:23:04 AM

Many people don't realize that of you can't grow it (plant, animal) or mine it (mineral, metal) it is most likely made from a fossil fuel (natural gas, oil or coal).
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 1:11:16 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 1:04:35 AM

THE PUBLIC COMPLAINS BUT IT THE OIL COMPANIES THAT SPEND THE MONEY AND DRILL. ITS GOVT. REGS AND TAXES THAT JACK UP THE PRICE.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 1:02:09 AM

Is it illiteracy or is it cultist dogma and brainwashing?
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It is great that this country has significantly reduced its dependence on foreign oil.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:48:28 AM

What does this have to do with the price of gasoline?
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:47:24 AM

It's not just the pollution from burning natural gas; it's also the energy required to manufacture it.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:45:34 AM

I say it is a lack of critical thinking and vision.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:45:22 AM

Interesting..
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:41:22 AM

Okay.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:39:46 AM

i agree with judgemobile: let the treehuggers freeze, along with the enviro-nazis..
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:38:08 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:37:46 AM

It extends all the way up to the POTUS.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:37:42 AM

Lots of conflicting news around about this topic. What do you believe?
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:34:36 AM

i didn't think survival was energy illiteracy.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:32:53 AM

there are those who will be warm this winter, and those who will freeze their collective a$$es off. I want to be in the former group.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:32:43 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:31:53 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:31:19 AM

Yesterday's news.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:31:15 AM

I like N5EXY's response.......Democrap.
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I want to be warm this winter; let the tree huggers freeze.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:30:33 AM

Not worth the benefits.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:29:23 AM

Fuel prices might drop..
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:27:54 AM

old news
Mowerman08
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:27:46 AM

"public misunderstanding of energy issues..." everyone sees high gas prices, that is "energy"!
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:27:02 AM

safe water first
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:25:03 AM

Yup. Lots of illiteracy out there/

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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:23:36 AM

Jury's still out
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:23:06 AM

Global warming has stopped because of all the wind turbines stirring the atmosphere! !!!!

Actually we are experiencing global cooling since the 1960's!
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:22:30 AM

Need to educate people more on fracking
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:22:19 AM

the loud minority are invited to shut up
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:19:20 AM

Democrap.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:18:38 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:18:36 AM

Do anyone know the truth.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:17:42 AM

Maybe someone can show Obamama how to get fracked...
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:16:44 AM

Really???
oldred11
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:15:55 AM

Much of America's "Persistent Energy Illiteracy" is the fault of the teacher not the student. There is so much contradictory information being bandied about that the average student (person) can not get to the truth. And, just because I don't agree with you doesn't mean I'm illiterate. It just means I have been informed (taught) differently.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:14:01 AM

you only hear what supports the bottom line
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:12:39 AM

Fracking is bad news for the American environment.
Bobski13
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:12:06 AM

Hee hee... Fracked again!!
jrschl
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:12:04 AM

Big money keeps the "real" news out of the media. It is hard to get the truth from all of the corporate influences.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:10:53 AM

Old News
Glock26
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:10:49 AM

The Liberals have no Energy Literacy or any other kind of Literacy for that matter!!!
obimerrill
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:10:47 AM

Idiots in America who listen to their politician or lobbyist of choice (including most media outlets) instead of digging to get the real information and checking facts!
merlinMalo
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:10:41 AM

Keep fracking.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:08:53 AM

People have a very short memory, why else would they reelect Obama?
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