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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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At least part of this is really not that hard
By klstay on 6/22/2010 9:38:13 AM , Rating: 2
Can you say CNG?

Practically zero emissions. Cradle to grave NO other cars create less overall. In fact nothing else is even close.

100% US domestic with a HUGE reserve given the recent field discoveries.

Half of all US homes today have natural gas already. If this alternative got 1/10 the support of the far less viable options getting billions low pressure home pumps would cost only hundreds of dollars.

By Dr of crap on 6/22/2010 10:15:21 AM , Rating: 2
You, my friend are soooo right.
Why have they not put any funds towards CNG?????
It's the better solution right now.

No food has to be used to make it,
No big cost is needed to make it,
It's not going to polute oceans,
We mine it and deliver it right now,
It's not $$$ over what cars cost now - Honda makes one right now, and yes the cost of it is higher right now, but if they sold over 100,000 cars, the cost would be that same as a gas burning car.

Where is the down side, really!

By IcePickFreak on 6/22/2010 1:29:54 PM , Rating: 1
Check out the wells (unmanned) that are strewn across the southwest. Some of the local areas have smog worse than LA (by several fold), the drinking water coming out of the faucet is flammable, etc. Ask the people who live around all these wells feel about switching to CNG. Heck, look at the smog that blankets downtown Dallas.

I'm not saying CNG couldn't work, but the current state of natural gas well operations doesn't make me want to support it in the slightest. Each site is it's own entity so to speak so they slip by regulation for pollution. Add up the thousands of them just around the Dallas/Ft. Worth area though and the collective is anything but 'green'. Then don't forget to figure the thousand or so truck loads of stuff taken to the site, and taken from each of these sites (chemical wastes etc) which are burning diesel anyway.

By ZachDontScare on 6/22/2010 2:29:48 PM , Rating: 2
Can you say CNG?

So go build or buy one. Its not like they dont exist. All the buses in my area run on natural gas.

Oh, you may end up paying $10,000 more for it... but thats the price for being a leader, right?

By Solandri on 6/22/2010 3:51:19 PM , Rating: 2
CNG is notoriously difficult to package and ship due to its gaseous nature. The pressures are enormous (over 10k psi), and volumes are huge compared to gasoline. The CNG Civic, which gets about the same range as a gasoline Civic, uses a CNG tank which fills up pretty much all of the trunk except enough space for a couple grocery bags near the edge. Its so difficult and unwieldly to work with and transport that even though significant quantities of it come out as a byproduct of drilling for oil, most oil companies simply flare it (burn it off).

Remember, for transportation applications, it isn't enough for the energy source to be cheap. It also has to be portable, safe, and easy to handle. Gasoline and especially diesel are the best match for those specifications. Nothing except biodiesel and alcohols (for hydrogen fuel cells) comes close.

By FreeTard on 6/22/2010 11:34:44 PM , Rating: 2
I'm all for CNG. However that doesn't get us off the foreign teet. Right now due to the low market value of natural gas, it's more cost effective to import it from India in liquid form than it is to drill for it.

Many of the companies that were drilling during the downturn, and continue to drill now, are doing so because they hedged the price back when it was at it's peak. As the hedged prices run out drilling slows down again. $3/unit on a 1-2mcf well isn't a very good investment.

I agree with the reserves though. We've got trillions of units of gas in NA, and I'm all for switching that way.

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