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
spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
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."
recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which began April 20 when the
oil rig Deepwater
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
quote: we don't have a good alternative at this point.
quote: What we really need is a massive and QUICK transition to nuclear power (and hydro fuel cell engines). The only thing we are waiting for is the tycoons and greedy ass politicians to change investments.
quote: I know you people love to say
quote: you people? It sounds like you are setting yourself up high and mighty on a golden horse with that statement.
quote: "We can fund this entire movement by re-writing the "free handout" laws that give all of my tax money to dead beat and free loading anti-citizens that abuse the welfare system."
quote: Your whole whining argument is the very reason that we have not invested in anything yet.
quote: The only way to make forward progress is the just SHUT THE F*** UP AND DO IT .
quote: We need to suck it up, do the right thing, and do what needs to be done.
quote: It's not too late yet, but the tipping point is coming soon.
quote: So you are advocating for "tax the rich, and then tax some more". I'm not the one wanting to take more of what people earn, so a golden horse is not me, its you.
quote: Your argument is based on robin hood style thievery to force everyone to live a lifestyle that you deem acceptable, regardless what their feelings are, and regardless what it can do to personal wealth and unintended consequences.
quote: Spoken like every Democrat in Congress. Pretty much exactly what they told the majority of the American people during the Health Care debate, during the Stimulus debate, right now during the beginning states of the Immigration debate, and you just confirmed it for the Cap & Tax debate. Notice how the American people don't like being told what they have to think, do, spend money on, and how and where they have to live?
quote: No, what we need to do is sit back and analyze the entire situation
quote: So let me see - you don't care how much it costs, what it does to my savings, what my feelings are on it, and how much the government has boondoggled every other policy out there from welfare, to health care, to immigration, to stimulus packages...but I should just shut up and do what you want because you think time is running out and the earth is going to implode. No thanks.
quote: I am neither Demo nor Repub
quote: Your ignorant assumption that I am a tree-hugging liberal hippy makes you look like a complete fool.
quote: the mushy middle don't take sides sway with the wind
quote: what's wrong with not associating with a political party? It seems like everyone has to have labels nowadays. I happen to side with George Washington when it comes to political parties and governing.
quote: The derivatives from oil are in almost every product you touch in your day to day life.
quote: Without the fuel side, the rest of it skyrockets in price, because a great deal of what we use as fuel is 'waste' product from the other stuff.
quote: Since the 80s, our societies have embraced the idea of buying as much as possible from overseas, because, as consumers, we've decided we can't afford to pay our neighbours to make the goods and services we want.
quote: "Nuclear, Wind, Solar, Tidal, etc., ...combined can fully support our needs plus some.