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BAKKEN BREAKOUT WEEKLY Nation & World


Poll: Americans know how to save energy, but don’t want to


Challenges to changing energy use


Many Americans say they are taking steps to consume less energy but see obstacles to changing some habits, according to an AP-NORC Center poll.


How difficult would it be for you and your family to make the fol- lowing changes in the next twelve months?


Very difficult


Moderately difficult


Buying a more fuel efficient car


Carpooling


Installing more/better insulation in your home


Replacing old appliances


Turning up thermostat to 78 degrees in summer


Turning down thermostat to 65 degrees in winter


Turning lights off when you leave the room


17 14 3 6


Not difficult


48% 41 37 34 16 12 80 15 17 20 61 64 16


Already doing this


27 37 34 36 7 5 10 9 5 10 11


NOTE: Poll of 1,008 adults conducted March 29-April 25; margin of error ±3.1 percentage points; may not equal 100 percent due to rounding


SOURCE: AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research


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By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press


WASHINGTON (AP) — When it


comes to saving energy, people in the United States know that driving a fuel- effi cient car accomplishes more than turning off the lights at home. But that doesn’t mean they’ll do it. A new poll shows that while most of


those questioned understand effective ways to save energy, they have a hard time adopting them. Six in 10 surveyed say driving a more


fuel-effi cient car would save a large amount of energy, but only 1 in 4 says that’s easy to do, according to the poll by the AP-NORC Center for Public Af- fairs Research. People also are skeptical of carpooling or installing better home insulation, rating them as effective but impractical. On the other end of spectrum, 8 in


10 say they easily can turn off the lights when they leave a room, and 6 in 10 have no problem turning up the thermostat in summer or down in winter, although fewer than half think those easy steps save large amounts of energy. Even those who support conservation


don’t always practice it. Cindy Shriner, a retired teacher from


Lafayette, Ind., buys energy-effi cient light bulbs and her 2009 Subaru Impreza gets nearly 30 miles per gallon on the


highway. Still, she keeps her house at about 73


degrees year-round, despite government recommendations to turn thermostats to 68 degrees in winter and 78 degrees in summer. “I’m terrible,” Shriner, 60, said in an


interview. “In all honesty we have ex- treme weather in all seasons” in Indiana, she said, and her thermostat settings keep her comfortable. Her parents recently qualifi ed for a


grant under the economic stimulus law that paid for a new furnace and insula- tion, Shriner said. She said such pro- grams are important to improve energy conservation. The public looks to large institutions


for leadership in saving energy, believing that individuals alone can’t make much of a difference. Nearly two-thirds look to the energy industry to show the way toward energy conservation, and nearly 6 in 10 say the government should play a leading role. Democrats, college gradu- ates and people under 50 are the most likely to hold industry is responsible for increasing energy savings. The poll, paid for by a grant to the


AP-NORC Center from the Joyce Foun- dation, shows that just 4 in 10 questioned think their own actions can signifi cantly affect the country’s energy problems. Some 15 percent say individual actions Continued on next page


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