Growing importance of climate change beliefs for attitudes towards gas

Darrick Evensen, Lorraine Whitmarsh, Patrick Devine-Wright, Jen Dickie, Phil Bartie, Colin Foad, Mike Bradshaw, Stacia Ryder, Adam Mayer, Adam Varley

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Tense global politics, spikes in gas prices and increasingly urgent warnings about climate change raise questions over the future use of natural gas. UK longitudinal survey data reveal that beliefs about climate change increasingly reduced support for gas extraction between 2019 and 2022. Mounting public connections between climate and gas use suggest growing opportunities for climate communication to lower support for all fossil fuels, not just the more carbon-intensive oil and coal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)240-243
Number of pages4
JournalNature Climate Change
Issue number3
Early online date2 Mar 2023
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research received funding from a grant under the Unconventional Hydrocarbons in the UK Energy System research programme of UK Research and Innovation (funded through the Natural Environment Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council), grant reference no. NE/R017727/1 (awarded to D.E., L.W., P.D.W., J.D., P.B. and M.B.).

Data availability The datasets used and analysed during the current study are available from the corresponding author upon reasonable request. The datasets were deposited with the UK Data Service and the UK’s National Geoscience Data Centre in February 2023.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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