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DOE/Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia, OurEnergyPolicy.org release 'Goals of Energy Policy' poll results

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LIVERMORE, Calif.— 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 OurEnergyPolicy.org.

The findings of the national poll, "The Goals of Energy Policy," show that the vast majority — more than 85 percent — of the 884 energy professionals surveyed prefer policymaking 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 energy supply 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 chemical sciences at Sandia.

Matthew Jordan, program director of OurEnergyPolicy.org, 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 policy options. 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 Sandia-OurEnergyPolicy.org survey asked the following questions:

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


Sandia National Laboratories is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration. With main facilities in Albuquerque, N.M., and Livermore, Calif., Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.

OurEnergyPolicy.org'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, OurEnergyPolicy.org enhances the potential of adopting and implementing effective energy policy. OurEnergyPolicy.org does not have or endorse any specific political, programmatic, policy or technological agendas.

Sandia media relations contact:
Mike Janes, mejanes@sandia.gov, (925) 294-2447

OurEnergyPolicy.org media contacts:
Claire Buchan, Claire@clairebuchan.com, (202) 257-2329
Alison Harden, aharden@granite-is.com, (202) 436-5565

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