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US consumers oppose natural gas exports, poll finds

April 10, 2013
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Only 29 percent of those surveyed support exporting natural gas to other countries.

According to a new poll conducted by the University of Texas, 39 percent of Americans believe the U.S. should not export the natural gas it produces domestically. Only 28 percent said they support exporting natural gas to other countries.

The UT Energy Poll, conducted online March 11-20, indicates U.S. consumers generally favor domestic energy production, but they are divided on the natural gas boom. In particular, survey participants had mixed feelings about the use of hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.

Overall, 45 percent of respondents familiar with fracking say they support its use for fossil fuel extraction, down from 48 percent a year ago, while 41 percent say they oppose the practice. The potential for water contamination topped the list of specific concerns.

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“More consumers — 43 percent today versus 38 percent a year ago — say there should be more regulation of hydraulic fracturing,” said Sheril Kirshenbaum, director of the UT Energy Poll. “Still, we also see steady support for the expansion of domestic natural gas development.”
 

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Bruce Anderson
April 11, 2013
The headline is grossly misleading. Although 39% oppose shipping natural gas out of the country, the majority either support it (28%) or don't care(33%). Using the same standard of "journalism" a headline could also read "Americans Are Fat", or "Catholic Priests are Pedofiles." If the author has an agenda, then the article should at least be listed as an editorial.