If You Don’t Like The Answer, Change The Question.

In March 2012 the Department of Energy and Climate Change
launched a tracking survey to understand and monitor public
attitudes to the Department’s main business priorities. On 14 July
2016, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
merged with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
(BIS), to form the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial
Strategy (BEIS). As such, the survey is now BEIS’s Energy and
Climate Change Public Attitudes Tracker (PAT). This is more commonly known as the ‘Wave’ survey with soundings on attitudes to fracking being taken every 3 months – we are now up to Wave 24. Unfortunately for the government, the unrelenting trend of these surveys shows that the public is increasingly in favour of renewable energy with fracking rapidly becoming  the least popular option. The government’s answer to this quandry? To change the questions in the hope that fracking will appear more popular!! As our politicians keep telling us:  “There Are Lessons To Be Learnt.” On this occasion it would seem that they are relying on Benjamin Disraeli’s observation that “There Are Three Kinds Of Lies. There Are Lies, Damned Lies, And Statistics!!”

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