Fracking: A rose by any other name

North Carolinians don’t know enough about fracking to have an opinion? Perhaps it is the term itself. That’s what a poll done by the LSU Public Policy Research Lab shows.

“Public aversion to the term likely results from the harsh consonants and perhaps the obvious similarity to a certain other four letter word,” said Michael Climek. “And this research shows that the unpleasant sound of the word is at least partially responsible for residents thinking ‘fracking’ is unsafe and that it should not be pursued by the state of Louisiana. If businesses and legislators use another word or description, constituents may be more willing to support hydraulic fracturing.”

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