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Surveying Energy Attitudes

Industry insiders and the public's outlook on the future of U.S. oil and gas


Burgeoning North American supplies of unconventional oil and gas mean the United States could be self-sufficient in natural gas within 10 years, while also dramatically tempering its need for overseas oil imports. This is just one of the findings from Deloitte's November 2012 surveys of oil and gas industry professionals and the general population on perceptions about the energy situation in the United States.
In late 2012, Deloitte surveyed 250 oil and gas professionals, as well as 604 members of the general population. The industry executives and general public completed two separate surveys designed to explore current attitudes toward the U.S. energy outlook.

Executives, who on average had over 19 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, were asked to look ahead for their views on a wide range of forward-looking issues, including the outlook for U.S. energy self-sufficiency, prices, regulatory issues, and the accuracy of natural gas resource estimates. Questions for public respondents focused upon their view of the U.S. energy industry and related regulatory issues.

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