Section 53

Public Attitudes

The subject area sequence of this book concludes with the topic Public Attitudes. This area includes examples of important changes in the public’s outlook on various sources or uses of energy. This section is closely related to the subject area Social Issues, which deals with trends in society that are related to or influenced by energy use, and also correlates with Transitions, which includes significant changes from one type of energy use to another.

The term “public” in this instance does not necessarily mean the citizenry as a whole. It may refer to a group that expresses an opinion about an energy issue or attempts to sway public opinion on the issue, or even to an individual who has an influence on public thinking ...

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