Survey Of Brits And Europeans Disclose That They Don’t Want Fracking

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Last week a comprehensive survey in regards to European views of fracking was published. It explained that, without a doubt, most European are not in favor of fracking.

Also, we yet again find that strange curiosity of human nature in the survey results. The few folks being in favor of fracking suggested that fracking was fine — if it was not in their own backyard, but in another land. Um.

The study reported that fifty percent of people surveyed understood little if anything about fracking. The existing idea that protection can be found with this troubling exploitation of resources is not clarified. Lack of knowledge on a subject makes it easily obscured or confused.

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BusinessGreen reports:

The poll of nearly 23,000 individuals, businesses and public authorities was designed to understand attitudes to the development of unconventional fossil fuels, such as shale gas and oil.

Nearly two-fifths of respondents said they did not want these energy sources developed at all in Europe, while a further 29 per cent said it should only be developed if the proper health and environmental safeguards were put in place.

Safeguards? Where are these environmental safeguards? Please educate the rest of us to new standards of safeguards, so we are able to bestow the information with people who have fire coming from water tapsThese folks are not alone — we all require more guidance by the energy industry.

Further in the article, it was reported that:

…60 per cent of people were against drilling.

Meanwhile, a separate survey by a UK Market Research company, unveiled on Friday, found that two-fifths of people in the UK are worried about the environmental risks of fracking for shale gas, such as earth tremors and water supply contamination.

Viewsbank interviewed nearly 2,100 adults in the UK in August, a time when high-profile protests against fracking in Sussex were taking place. The UK saw some support for the development of unconventional fossil fuels, with around 15 per cent of people supporting fracking in any case. However, 60 per cent of people were against drilling.

Considering that a slight nine percent of people felt educated about fracking; and a substantial amount, one-quarter of people, had not heard of it before, how does one remark on the unknown? BusinessGreen concludes:

“The fracking debate has been widely aired in the media but it is clear that people do not consider themselves particularly well-informed. Proponents and opponents can both take positives from the research” said David Black of Viewsbank.

“Many remain undecided but there is a definite undercurrent that people are happy to support fracking as long as it is not in their backyard.”

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9 thoughts on “Survey Of Brits And Europeans Disclose That They Don’t Want Fracking

  • Agriculture is far more harmful for the nature than fracking. Fracking may even protect nature from the agriculture.

    • no one is going to directly respond to that, you are just being a trouble maker

      • no, I am just point the inconvenient truth that farmers are biggest polluters on this planet. And deforestation problem is mostly due to the greed of farmers.

        If you think nature at all, then boycott agriculture and prefer synthetic meat and closed cycle greenhouse crops. you may occasionally buy also organic farming products, but not too often!

        • There is no cheaper or even competitively priced alternative to food than farming. There are cheaper and competitive alternatives to fracking. Hence we can get rid of fracking now but we can’t get rid of farming.

          • sustainable food costs just 10 to 20 times more than agriculture products. Extra cost is no problem for me because food is so cheap. It is true that we do not have yet synthetic meat, but therefore I am a vegetarian (mostly).

    • The French are clearly not moving away from nuclear anytime soon…

      • Well, they’ve announced that they are closing about a fourth of their reactors and they’ve greatly increased solar and wind installations.

        I’d call that moving away from nuclear.

      • Actually the French are moving off nuclear as fast as they are able to build in wind and solar. They are taxing the Nuclear industry to do so. Just like South Korea. Basically all countries want unlimited plentiful almost free power they can build once and then forget about. Safe as sidewalks.

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