New report examines public energy and environment perceptions

"Energy and the Environment: Myths and Facts" will be released by the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research at noon on Apr. 20 in Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 406.

Apr. 20: "Energy and the Environment: Myths and Facts" will be released by the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research at noon in Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 406. The report by Drew Thornley examines results of a January 2009 survey of 1,000 Americans by Zogby International to determine how accurate public perceptions of energy and environmental issues are.

Why it matters: Widespread public misconceptions potentially could push government policymakers in the wrong direction, resulting in more expensive and less effective strategies. This examination follows one in 2006 which found that many Americans' knowledge of a wide range of energy issues were inaccurate.

Thornley will present the latest survey's results and present factual answers to questions, including whether the United States can meet future energy demands through efficiency and conservation, whether human activity (including the burning of fossil fuels) is the greatest source of greenhouse gases, and which country exports the most oil to the United States. He will argue that sound policy decisions require a well-informed citizenry.

His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with Robert Bruce, editor of Energy Tribune and author of Gusher of Lies; Steven Hayward, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and Mark P. Mills, a partner in Digital Power Capital. To attend the event, contact Clarice Smith of the Manhattan Institute by phone at (646) 839-3318 or by e-mail at csmith@manhattan-institute.org.

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