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BP oil spill directs country's viewpoint toward renewable energy

recent poll by Rasmussen Reports, an American public opinion polling firm, confirmed that 73 percent of Americans believe it's important for the United States to cut its dependency on fossil fuels. Rasmussen Reports conducted the poll on June 16-17 asking 1,000 Americans what their thoughts were on fossil fuel dependency, government policies, and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. 

The poll states that 73 percent of American adults believe it's "at least somewhat important for the country to change it's dependency on fossil fuels" while another 42 percent of adults think it's very important. Only 23 percent say it's not important at all. As far as the government's involvement in fossil fuels goes, 41 percent believe government policies should be enacted to "discourage use of fossil fuels and encourage the use of alternative energy." 

BP's recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which began April 20 when the oil rig Deepwater Horizon exploded, has clearly impacted more than just its surrounding environment. While countless amounts of wildlife have been destroyed and several businesses ruined, this poll indicates that Americans all over the country are speaking out in anger against this disaster, and their not just environmentalists. 

According to the poll, 43 percent of American adults believe that the disastrous oil leak in the Gulf is at least "somewhat likely to change our dependency on fossil fuels in the near future." On that same note, 54 percent of women say the Gulf oil leak will cause America to change its dependency on fossil fuels, but 61 percent of men think that idea is unlikely.

Despite the number of Americans who think cutting fossil fuel dependency is important, a majority of U.S. citizens still believe offshore drilling is vital to meet the energy needs of America. Seventy-six percent think offshore drilling is at least somewhat important in meeting these needs, and 60 percent believe offshore drilling should be allowed despite the oil spill in the Gulf.

When questioned about the United States' future purchases of foreign oil , only 29 percent of citizens believe the country will buy less oil from the Middle East. Forty-five percent think it will stay the same and 19 percent think the U.S. will buy more foreign oil over the next five years. 

There is a ray of light through some of those bleak numbers, though. According to the poll, 48 percent of U.S. citizens say they are likely to buy an alternative energy car in the next 10 years, and 63 percent say "investing in renewable energy resources such as solar and wind is the better long-term financial investment for America than investing in fossil fuels."

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RE: True but...
By computergeek485 on 6/22/2010 8:06:49 AM , Rating: 0
Exactly that's like saying 73% of Americans agree on global warming, it means nothing

RE: True but...
By mdogs444 on 6/22/2010 9:03:29 AM , Rating: 5
Asking someone what they would like to happen is not the same as asking someone if they would pay for it to happen.

As the old saying goes, "you can wish in one hand and shit in the other. see which fills up first"

RE: True but...
By sgw2n5 on 6/22/2010 12:47:34 PM , Rating: 1
I think it's a matter of convenience and energy density.

I'd 1 kg of diesel is much easier to carry around that 50 Kg of batteries... and you get about the same amount of energy.

Hydrocarbons absolutely rock as a medium for energy storage... and I doubt this will change any time soon. Now, how we get the hydrocarbons might change (non-food crop derived biofuels for example), but we will be using hydrocarbons for a loooong time.

RE: True but...
By Samus on 6/24/2010 3:40:29 AM , Rating: 2
Asking someone what they would like to happen is not the same as asking someone if they would pay for it to happen.

What you don't realize is that nuclear-generated electricity is currently HALF the price of electricity generated from fossil fuel.

If we ramp up nuclear power production, it'll probably be more like a QUARTER of the cost of coal/oil power.

Just to pour salt on the wound, from a perspective of safety track records in the United States, nuclear power has caused infinately less damage to the environment (pollution, ecological disasters, mining deaths, natural habitat distruction) than coal, oil, and hell, even wind power.

RE: True but...
By quiksilvr on 6/22/2010 9:05:24 AM , Rating: 1
Or like 73% of Americans agree that polls are accurate.

RE: True but...
By Scabies on 6/22/2010 11:48:12 AM , Rating: 1
more like "73% of surveyed Americans believe they were being surveyed"
Its like those misleading headlines that both ask and answer a question for you before you even read the article.

RE: True but...
By gamerk2 on 6/22/2010 12:17:25 PM , Rating: 2
Example of a NY poll not to long ago: about 80% of respondents wanted to cut spending, but when each of the top 10 spending obligations were put forward, no more then 38% voted for cutting spending in any individual group.

Same thing here, they want less dependence on oil, but don't want to pay higher prices. Sorry, it doesn't work that way.

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