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Study: Why Some Say 'Drill' and Others Say 'Chill'

July 12, 2010

DURHAM, N.H. - As the oil spill in the Gulf continues, some say "drill baby drill" while others say "chill." Many reasons exist for the opposing beliefs, according to a report released by the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire.

Professor Larry Hamilton, the lead author and a senior Fellow at the Institute, says that where a person lives offers some insight into how they feel about the environment. In the Northeast, when asked whether it was more important to conserve natural resources for future generations or use them now for jobs, 48 percent of respondents said "save" and 24 percent said "use those resources now."

"That's part of the reason people live there; that is, for the mountains, the lakes, the beaches or outdoor recreation or scenic values - things like that. So, conserving resources for the future is actually part of the area's economy, as well."

The study also looked at people's views by age, race and education level, but the biggest divide came with political ideology, Hamilton says.

"That seems to extend from the high-profile national topics like climate change on down to pretty local and seemingly un-political topics, like pollution of your local beach."

Hamilton says the research found, overall, that people who identify themselves as political conservatives are significantly less supportive of environmental protections than those who describe themselves as liberals.

The study, which is ongoing, used polling data and reports from 19 rural communities in the Northeast, Pacific Northwest, the Rockies, Midwest and parts of the South.

The full study, "Place Effects on Environmental Views," is available via e-mail from Lori.Wright@unh.edu.

Monique Coppola, Public News Service - NH