Most North Carolinians oppose fracking, favor clean energy and think current regulations are sufficient or should be stronger. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released the North Carolina poll results on July 15, 2013.
“From the mountains to the beaches, it’s clear that North Carolinians take special pride in their state, and see state environmental safeguards as protecting our heritage and ensuring that our children can enjoy this place we know and love,” said NRDC senior attorney Luis Martinez, who is based in Asheville.
Among the poll’s key findings:
- 61% say state environmental standards and regulatory standards do more good than harm for the state.
- More than 75% say current standards and safeguards are “about right” or “too weak.”
- 55% oppose fracking. Opposition was strongest in the Triangle at 59%, followed by the easternmost and westernmost parts at 55%; Charlotte, 53%; and in the Triad, 48%.
An overwhelming majority favor supporting and developing clean renewable energy from solar, wind and other sources. About 56% oppose attempts by some lawmakers to eliminate the state’s clean energy standard which requires utilities to get at least some of their energy from clean, renewable sources. Regarding various sources of renewable energy: 68% favor solar; 56% wind; and 50% offshore wind energy.
These polling results justify what NCIPL is experiencing in our communications with congregations. North Carolinians are incredibly proud of our quality of life in this great state. NRDC’s report inspires and encourages us all to advocate for what we value. Investments in clean energy sources protects our quality of life, which is clearly a public priority for North Carolina.
–Susannah Tuttle, NCIPL Director
North Carolina Interfaith Power & Light (NCIPL) is a program of the North Carolina Council of Churches. NCIPL works with faith communities to address the causes and consequences of global climate change and promote practical, hope-filled responses through education, outreach, and public policy advocacy. Please visit our website for information on our current programs, campaigns, and events.