Sandia, release 'Goals of Energy Policy' poll results

September 12, 2012 in Technology / Energy & Green Tech’s mission is to facilitate substantive, responsible dialogue on energy policy issues and be a resource for the American people, policymakers and the media. By bringing together energy experts in productive national discourse, enhances the potential of adopting and implementing effective energy policy. does not have or endorse any specific political, programmatic, policy or technological agendas. Credit:

U.S. energy policy should simultaneously pursue security of its energy supply, economic stability and reduced environmental impacts, says a national poll of energy professionals jointly prepared by Sandia National Laboratories and

The findings of the , "The Goals of ," show that the vast majority—more than 85 percent—of the 884 professionals surveyed prefer that pursues all three goals at once.

The poll asked the experts to allocate 100 points, representing a 100 percent policymaking effort, across three commonly accepted energy policy goals: the environment, economics and security. Participating respondents included representatives of public utilities, oil and gas organizations, energy engineering groups and other professional energy associations. Participating organizations were made up primarily of energy professionals and had no overt political or policy agendas related to the three policy goals.

"Creating and implementing energy policy is challenging on many fronts. We hope these results can serve as a useful starting point for those interested in building consensus for an effective energy policy," said Dawn Manley, deputy director of at Sandia.

Matthew Jordan, program director of, said, "Many surveys tend to simplify, rather than clarify, public opinion on energy policy by asking either-or questions. Thinking about energy policy this way is just not leading to results. It may be that the way we talk about energy policy is limiting our ability to develop viable . Our country can and should pursue multiple energy-related goals simultaneously."

Manley added, "There is a growing recognition of the requirement to balance our nation's need for plentiful, low-cost energy with an inherent responsibility to steward the natural environment and to help grow our economy. Surveys like this can help provide strategic direction, guidance and focus for the energy community."

The survey asked the following questions:

Results are presented in a report by Sandia National Laboratories and, which is available on both organizations' websites. Sandia and plan to continue their work on the national energy policy discourse with follow-up surveys and studies on related topics.

Provided by Sandia National Laboratories

"Sandia, release 'Goals of Energy Policy' poll results" September 12, 2012