Jul 17 2008

New poll on California and energy issues

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The results of a recent Field Poll on Californians and their views on various energy issues were released today. Here are a few of the questions that were asked, and the breakdown of the responses received:

“The building of tanker terminals, pipelines and facilities for liquefied natural gas should be allowed in California.”
63% agree, 19% disagree, 18% no opinion

“The building of more nuclear power plants should be allowed in California.”
50% agree, 41% disagree 9% no opinion

“Oil companies should be allowed to drill more oil and gas wells in state tidelands along the California seacoast.”
43% agree, 51% disagree, 6% no opinion

“Current government restrictions prohibiting the drilling of oil and gas wells on government parklands and forest reserves should be relaxed.”
44% agree, 52% disagree, 4% no opinion

Honestly, I was a bit surprised by these results. I expected that the opposition to LNG facilities, nuclear plants, and oil drilling would be much higher (especially the LNG facilities. I’m guessing they didn’t poll Pierce Brosnan, Ryan Seacrest, and David Duchovny).

Personally, I am in favor of expanding offshore drilling. Apparently my views are even having a bit of influence on my mom. When I called her a month or so ago, she and my dad had just started driving home from a weekend in Santa Barbara.

“We are passing the oil rigs. You know, you can barely see them out there. I don’t know why they just don’t put up a few hundred more out there.”

Word.

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