News bites: Poll shows public wants regulation of 'fracking'

Bloomberg reports on a survey showing increased public support for regulation of the oil-and-gas development method called hydraulic fracturing.

“A Bloomberg National Poll found that 66 percent of Americans want more government oversight of the process, known as fracking, in which water, chemicals and sand are shot underground to free gas trapped in rock. That’s an increase from 56 percent in a September poll. The poll found 18 percent favored less regulation, down from 29 percent three months ago,” their story states.

Climate Central reports that 2012 will be the warmest year on record in the United States.

The New York Times reports that global warming “means the long-term outlook for skiers everywhere is bleak.”

The Associated Press reports that Pakistan’s energy demand is “quickly outstripping supply.”