UNH Research Finds that BP Oil Spill Changed Environmental Views of Gulf Coast Residents

UNH Research Finds that BP Oil Spill Changed Environmental Views of Gulf Coast Residents

Apr 23, 2012

University of New Hampshire researchers have found that residents of Louisiana and Florida most acutely and directly affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster -- the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history -- said they have changed their views on other environmental issues as a result of the spill.

Lawrence Hamilton, professor of sociology and his colleagues Thomas Safford, assistant professor of sociology, and Jessica Ulrich, a doctoral student in sociology, present their findings in the journal Social Science Quarterly in the article “In the Wake of the Spill: Environmental Views Along the Gulf Coast.”

"If disasters teach any lessons, then experience with the Gulf oil spill might be expected to alter opinions about the need for environmental protection. About one-fourth of our respondents said that as a result of the spill, their views on other environmental issues such as global warming or protecting wildlife had changed," said Hamilton.

Campus Journal article with link to video of Dr. Hamilton discussing his work

 


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