Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Energy First, Then Environment

The latest Gallup poll shows that, for the first time since Gallup asked the question (2001), Americans think energy production is more important than the environment.

The results could be driven by concerns about jobs and the job killing effect of most environmental protection legislation. Hot Air notes that environmental concerns over energy peaked in 2007, ahead of the economic collapse, so this could just be a matter of Americans pondering priorities and shifting their thoughts. One of the things environmental whackos can't seem to understand is that most Americans like the idea of cleaner energy sources but don't like the idea of being forced to choose them. Or they support green alternatives for reasons other than emotional pablum. In any case, a weak economy and higher fuel prices mean cramming through cap and trade legislation is a bad idea for Democrats.