Knowledge of public attitudes and values is essential to the formulation and implementation of government policies affecting energy and other natural resources, but it is difficult to obtain and use this knowledge, for the pertinent issues are complex and involve such difficult-to-define concepts as degree of acceptable risk for both present and future generations. Recently, survey researchers have attempted to measure and explain public attitudes related to energy and resource conservation. This volume examines what policymakers need to or would like to know about these attitudes, what kinds of results the researchers have been able to obtain, and the extent to which their results currently influence the policymaking process.

chapter 1|12 pages

Introduction and Overview

ByW. David Conn

part 1|66 pages

Concepts, Issues, and Methodological Problems

chapter 2|24 pages

Surveys: What They Can and Cannot Tell Energy Policymakers

ByBarbara Farhar-Pilgrim

chapter 3|21 pages

Poorly Thought-Out Values: Problems of Measurement

ByBaruch Fischhoff, Paul Slovic, Sarah Lichtenstein

part 2|107 pages

Empirical Studies

chapter 6|19 pages

Risk Research and Its Relevance to Energy Planning

ByHarry J. Otway

chapter 7|13 pages

Attitudes Toward the Future: Their Impact on Present Decisions

BySeymour Warkov

chapter 8|24 pages

Human Values and Pro-Environmental Behavior

ByRiley E. Dunlap, J. Keith Grieneeks, Milton Rokeach

part 3|20 pages

The Use of Research Results by Policymakers

chapter 10|11 pages

Public Attitudes and Resource Conservation Policies

ByFrederick W. Allen

chapter 11|6 pages

The Use of Energy Survey Data in the Policy Process

ByLynda T. Carlson