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NH Support for Drilling? Yes, But Only With Other Options

August 15, 2008

Concord, NH - A growing number of Americans support calls for more offshore drilling, but only when they're not given other choices. That's the finding of a new Sierra Club poll that shows 83 percent of Americans support a plan to end America's addiction to oil through investment in wind, solar and next-generation biofuel technology. That's a full 20 percent more than supported increased offshore drilling, and Sierra Club Chapter Director Catherine Corkery of the club's New Hampshire chapter says it shows people want something other than just more oil.

"People understand that there are a lot of different items on the menu, and they're willing to pick and choose among all the different solutions and not just put all their eggs in one basket."

The League of Conservation Voters and the Natural Resources Defense Council also sponsored the poll. Corkery says it shows that Americans want a comprehensive solution that includes renewable energy and greater efficiency, in addition to more drilling.

The poll is more accurate because the detailed questions allow participants to give pollsters more thoughtful responses that are not limited to a yes-or-no answer, she adds.

"This poll is different because we didn't try to simplify the issues. We really went deeper into them to try to figure out what people are thinking about energy and how nuanced it is."

The survey is available at

John Robinson/Don Mathisen, Public News Service - NH