The majority of North Carolinians oppose fracking and want more clean energy, according to a new poll by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
The NRDC says 55% of respondents statewide oppose proposals that would open up North Carolina to fracking – a procedure by which oil and gas companies inject water and other liquids into the ground to fracture rock formations and extract natural gas.
Meanwhile, the majority of respondents say the state should do more to support and develop renewable energy. According to the survey, 68% of respondents view solar energy very favorably, 56% view wind energy favorably, and 50% favor offshore wind energy.
The NRDC adds that about 56% of respondents oppose attempts by some lawmakers to eliminate the state's clean energy standard, which gives utilities until 2021 to get at least 12% of their energy from renewable sources.