Shale begins to feature as a toxic issue for US voters.

October 28, 2014 Gas, Oil 

FT: “….Passions over fracking are on the rise in America. ….the rush to extract more shale energy is bringing industrialisation to picturesque ruraltowns and densely built city suburbs, where horrified residents say fracking is anything but clean.”
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Climate and clean energy now in top 3 US electoral ad issues.

October 23, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Gas, Oil 

Tree Alerts (no url): “Climate and energy issues now rank in the top three issues mentioned in electoral ads as the midterm elections near in the US.”
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The “climate swerve”: a new social movement around global warming.

August 23, 2014 Change for Good, Climate 

NYT: “American  appear to be undergoing a significant psychological shift in our relation to global warming. I call this shift a climate “swerve,” borrowing the term used recently by the Harvard humanities professor Stephen Greenblatt to describe a major historical change in consciousness that is neither predictable nor orderly.”
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Support for UK fracking drops to 24%, DECC survey finds.

August 12, 2014 Gas, Oil 

Telegraph: “Support for fracking in the UK has fallen, with less than a quarter of the public now in favour of extracting shale gas to meet the country’s energy needs, according to official government polling.”
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Obama takes personal charge against the backlash. 70% support him.

June 3, 2014 Climate, Coal, Gas, Nuclear, Oil 

Guardian: “Barack Obama took personal charge of the campaign for historic new climate change regulations on Monday, defending a 30% cut in carbon pollution from power plants from a backlash by business lobbies, conservative groups and Democrats in oil and coal states.”
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British fracking support falls again, below 50% now, poll shows.

May 19, 2014 Climate, Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “Public support for fracking for shale gas in the UK has fallen below 50% for the first time, new polling suggests.”
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Huge opposition to change in UK trespass law for fracking under homes.

May 6, 2014 Gas, Oil 

PA: “The government faces widespread opposition to plans to change trespass laws to allow shale gas companies to drill under homes without the owner’s permission, a poll has revealed.”
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UK support for renewables remains unwaveringly high in DECC poll.

April 29, 2014 Clean Energy 

Solar Power Portal: “The UK public has shown consistent support for renewable energy in the third of a series of opinion surveys published by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).”
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Wind farms far more popular than fracking, UK poll suggests.

April 14, 2014 Clean Energy, Gas 

FT: “Britons would prefer to live near a wind farm over a “fracking” site by a majority of three to one, according to an opinion poll published on Monday.”
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Biggest coal and PR firms in world pair up to promote coal for the poor.

March 27, 2014 Climate, Coal 

Kate Sheppard for the Huffington Post: “Peabody Energy Corp., the world’s largest private-sector coal company, launched apublic relations and advertising campaign last month extolling the virtues of coal energy for poor people.”
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UK floods are changing the politics of climate, amid double standards.

March 3, 2014 Climate 

Andrew Simms, in the Guardian: “….years of ideologically driven policy on austerity was seemingly ditched when the prime minister, David Cameron, declared: “Money is no object in this relief effort. Whatever money is needed, we will spend it.” He went beyond his own environment secretary in linking the floods to climate change.”
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Public support for fracking in Britain falls for a second time.

January 28, 2014 Clean Energy, Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “David Cameron is losing the battle for public opinion over fracking for shale gas because of high-profile public protests against the controversial technique, polling suggests.”
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UK attitudes to energy efficiency unchanged despite ever higher bills.

November 5, 2013 Clean Energy, Coal, Gas, Nuclear 

Guardian: “The attitude of British billpayers to saving energy remains unchanged by the roll-out of the government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme despite widespread concern over rising bills, according to the government’s own opinion poll. It found that 28% of people were giving a lot of thought to saving energy in their home, the same as in September 2012.” Read more

Solar continues to top UK energy-popularity opinion polls.

September 6, 2013 Clean Energy, Gas, Oil 

SolarPowerPortal: “The latest results of DECC’s public attitudes tracker show that solar continues to be the most popular generation technology in the UK, with 81% of those surveyed expressing support for the deployment of solar across the UK. In each of the six waves of research carried out by DECC, solar has come out as the most supported renewable technology.” Read more

“UK solar power rush sparks local protests”: FT.

August 25, 2013 Clean Energy 

FT: “First it was windmills, then it was fracking. Now solar farms are provoking outrage around the country as companies rush to install record numbers before an important subsidy is cut next year.” ” Read more

There are more solar workers in Texas now than ranchers. And so on.

August 23, 2013 Clean Energy 

Rhone Resch on Some solar facts: – “Today, solar generates enough electricity in the United States to power 1.3 million American homes — that’s the equivalent of every home in the state of Connecticut.” Read more

Poll shows UK public much prefer solar farms to fracking.

August 22, 2013 Clean Energy, Gas, Oil 

Solar Power Portal: “The British public would prefer to have a solar farm located near them rather than a fracking well, according to a YouGov poll commissioned by the Solar Trade Association. The poll reveals that the British public are seven times more likely to welcome a local solar farm than a gas fracking field.” Read more

Poll shows UK public split on fracking.

August 13, 2013 Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “Four in 10 people would welcome hydraulic fracturing – used to extract hard-to-reach natural gas – in their area but as many would oppose it, a national ICM survey commissioned by the Guardian has found.” Read more

Republican Party out of touch with own voters on climate, poll shows.

August 2, 2013 Climate 

Climate Progress: The survey, conducted by George Mason’s Center for Climate Change Communication, polled Republican and Republican-leaning independents and found the majority of respondents accept climate change is happening.” Read more

Most British worry more about peak oil than climate change.

July 18, 2013 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Gas, Nuclear, Oil 

Reuters: “Most people in Britain want to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, but due more to fears of shortages and rising prices than to fears about climate change, according to a poll developed by researchers at Cardiff University and funded by the UK Energy Research Centre.” Read more

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