For the First Time Ever, A Majority of Americans Oppose Fracking and Nuclear Power

Gallup reported on March 18th:

For the first time since Gallup first asked the question in 1994, a majority of Americans say they oppose nuclear energy. The 54% opposing it is up significantly from 43% a year ago, while the 44% who favor using nuclear energy is down from 51%.

Trend: Majority of Americans Now Say They Oppose Nuclear Energy

Similarly, Gallup reported Wednesday:

Opposition to fracking rises to 51% from 40% in 2015


Opposition to the practice of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” has increased significantly in the past year as environmental concerns, such as earthquakes, have grown, even though the procedure has helped keep oil prices low.

Fracking in the United States
Do you favor or oppose hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” as a means of increasing the production of natural gas and oil in the U.S.?
Favor% Oppose% No opinion%
Mar 2-6, 2016 36 51 13
Mar 5-8, 2015 40 40 19

Both fracking and nuclear are insanely destructive to health and the environment … so it is good news that the public has turned against them.

What types of energy do Americans favor?

A third Gallup report from last month found:

Seventy-three percent of Americans say they prefer emphasizing alternative energy, rather than gas and oil production, as the solution to the nation’s energy problems.

Americans' Preferred Solution to Energy Problems

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  • The results show how government agencies and the media can push propaganda with fear, mongering of the folks they schooled!

    Apr 25, 2012 EPA Official: EPAs “philosophy” is to “crucify” and “make examples” of US energy producers

    How Long Has Hydraulic Fracturing Been Used? Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have turned unproductive shales into the largest natural gas fields in the World.

    The first use of hydraulic fracturing to stimulate oil and natural gas wells in the United States was in the 1940s. The method successfully increased well production rates and the practice quickly spread. It is now used throughout the world in thousands of wells every year.

    What is Hydraulic Fracturing?

  • This Week in Petroleum Release date: March 16, 2016 | Next release date: March 23, 2016

    U.S. petroleum product exports continue to expand

    Total U.S. petroleum product exports continued to increase in 2015, up 467,000 barrels per day (b/d) from 2014 to 4.3 million b/d, driven by increased exports of distillate fuel, motor gasoline, and propane. Mexico and the region encompassing both Central and South America continued to be major recipients of U.S. petroleum product exports, as exports to the latter region increased in 2015 because of supply constraints that are likely to ease.

  • Sarastro92

    Sounds like America needs some “freeze in the dark” therapy. This week the UK steel industry basically collapsed leaving 40,000 workers freezing in the dark. Germany is heading down the same path. The Chinese?

    They’re busy building hundreds more coal plants while dumping their steel on the global markets.

    • You are informed, and here is something you will not hear about in America’s ‘MSM’ Pravda!

      Dezember 6, 2014 German Renewable Energy Keeps Blacking Out! Supply Often Less Than 2% Of Wintertime Demand

      My last post featured a commentary by renewable energy expert Prof. Fritz Vahrenholt, who forcefully conveyed the folly of Germany’s mad rush into renewable energy, and the country’s hysterical obsession with its suicidal fast-track shutdown of its stable base-electric-power generation.

      • Sarastro92

        Thanks Linc… Indeed I’m a regular reader of notricks and … both feature regular horror stories on the impacts of EU Green energy programs… especially in Germany hundreds of thousands are priced off the power grid and have had power shut-offs. Honestly I don’t know how much that’s risen over the years… but it seems pretty harsh… household energy rates in Germany are almost triple the US average, and I suppose with direct subsidies the cost to the citizenry tops that.

        And for what end? The Germans have RECARBONIZED their economy by closing
        nuclear … so in their case the CO2 hysteria suddenly becomes not so important. Germany will miss all the CO2 emission targets for years to come. So as I suggested, ultimately De-population and
        de-industrialization are the objectives… CO2 is a convenient
        ruse. The Green High priests don’t believe the CO2 hysteria any more than climate skeptics do.

        Meanwhile the grid has become very unstable Germany and the UK… and as you say, at times the Green contribution to the grid is negligible especially in Winter, when coal plants carry the burden … the UK faces blackouts in coming years as vast amounts of generating capacity is shut down. In the summer, there are huge surges of power during the day that’s not needed but which rate payers are socked with at premium prices.

        The subsidies are going away, with spectacular bankruptcies especially in Spain. Investment in green energy has sharply fallen across the EU.

        The Europeans will learn the lessons of Green Malthusians the hard way. yes they are the victims of propaganda… but also the victims of their own delusions, and to a large extent, their own arrogance and stupidity. The US is going down the same road, although there is major push back from the GOP and industry… a good Presidential candidate can go to town on all this.

        • You are very welcome Sarastro92!

          I also use this and ask them are they willing to sacrifice just any and all of the products that get produced from petroleum?

          Here is a partial list of products made from Petroleum (144 of 6000 items)

          One 42-gallon barrel of oil creates 19.4 gallons of gasoline. The rest (over half) is used to make things like: Solvents, Diesel fuel, Motor Oil, Bearing Grease, Ink, Floor Wax, Ballpoint Pens, Football Cleats, Upholstery, Sweaters, Boats, Insecticides, Bicycle Tires, Sports, Car Bodies, Nail Polish, Fishing lures, Dresses, and many many more items as you can read for yourself.

          Americans consume petroleum products at a rate of three-and-a-half gallons of oil and more than 250 cubic feet of natural gas per day each! But, as shown here petroleum is not just used for fuel.