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Nearly three-quarters of Americans support oil and natural gas transport via pipeline
Nearly 90% of Americans believe the United States should reduce its reliance on foreign energy sources and nearly three-quarters support oil and natural gas transport via pipeline, according to a recent nationwide poll commissioned by the GAIN Coalition. This show of support for American energy and infrastructure appears to hold true regardless of political affiliation.
"A majority of Americans recognize the critical role of the continued development of American energy resources and the importance of modern pipelines in safely and efficiently getting fuels to consumer markets," said GAIN spokesman Craig Stevens. "A majority of Americans support pipelines for oil and gas transport compared to the alternatives of train and truck – for their cost, environmental, and safety benefits."
By a margin of more than 3-to-1, Americans believe pipelines are the best option to transport oil and gas compared to the alternatives of truck and train, both of which present additional risk, wear and tear on our roads and communities, and produce higher levels of carbon emissions.
While the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) – which transports up to 570,000 bpd of Bakken crude from North Dakota to Illinois – has withstood scrutiny and numerous legal challenges, some continue to call for its shutdown. But the survey showed that 64% agree DAPL should continue serving American energy consumers. Support rises among North Dakota residents, with nearly 80% in favor of its continued operation.
“Both Democrats and Republicans support strengthening American energy capabilities and lessening our reliance on foreign energy sources, while bolstering investment in energy infrastructure like the Dakota Access Pipeline," said pollster Ryan Munce, President of co/Efficient.