Entry for November 05, 2006

“A Different Shade of Green: West Virginians’ Attitudes and Perceptions About the Environment,” by Steve Hollenhorst, Rory Fraser and Alan Collins in the Winter 1999 issue of the West Virginia Public Affairs Reporter looks at the 1996 West Virginia Social Indicators Survey (WVSIS), which was conducted prior to current debate on Mountaintop removal. They write,

Conventional theory views the environment as an “amenity,” mostly of recreational or scenic value to the middle and upper economic classes. Concern over the environment supposedly arises only after basic needs such as housing, child care, and health care are met. This is not true in West Virginia. Groups not commonly associated with environmentalism hold the most pro-environmental views in the state.

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