ERIC Number: ED191619
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug-20
Reference Count: 0
Understanding Respondents' Attitudes Toward Energy Development in the Rural West: An Analysis of the Local Context.
Wisniewski, Robert L.; And Others
A review of existing research on community attitudes toward energy development in the rural West reveals an apparent paradox, although substantial social and cultural disruptions have resulted from energy development, local residents' opinions have been highly supportive of energy development. While residents may not receive the anticipated degree of economic benefit from growth, the energy-related growth generally provides a net economic benefit to the community. Limited data on post-development attitudes indicate that while the level of support may decline as the community experiences development, most local residents continue to be supportive. Examination of recent survey data provides a closer analysis of the nature of support for development among residents of eight different western communities. While generally in favor of growth, these communities indicate a clear preference for lower levels of growth and for types of development other than energy-related "heavy industry." It is suggested that rural residents see energy-related growth as a means of stemming or reversing the economic decline which has characterized a large portion of the Rocky Mountain Region for most of this century and that future analysis of community attitudes regarding energy development will be more fruitful when perceived within that historical context. (Author/CM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Boomtowns; United States (Rocky Mountain States)
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society (Ithaca, NY, August 20-23, 1980).