Polling on climate and energy policies

Polling on climate and energy policies

A New York Times story shows polling data on several climate change and energy policies.  One is support for offshore drilling for oil.  Check out South Carolina.  Other maps show widespread support for renewable energy.  (“A majority of Americans in almost every county support requiring electric utilities to produce at least 20 percent of their power from wind, solar and other renewable sources.”)

Support for Drilling Is More Divided

Percentage of adults who support expanding offshore drilling for oil and natural gas.  National Average: 49%

Low support is dark green/blue, any blue is less than 50%, dark brown is high support.

The geography of support for expanding offshore drilling looks more political. Counties that voted Republican in the 2016 presidential election generally view offshore drilling more favorably in Yale’s model than Democratic areas do.

The idea is popular along the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana, a major offshore drilling hub. Counties along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts tend to be less enthusiastic.