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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 AssBall on 6/22/2010 12:14:42 PM , Rating: 5
I don't know why more people can't seem to see it your way, Mdogs.

If you ask the average person who is in the 73% of this poll a simple follow up question. "Why?" My guess is they would:

1: Regurgitate some global warming environmental propaganda.
2: Say that we are going to "run out" of these resources soon.
3: They have no idea why they answered yes.

RE: True but...
By AssBall on 6/22/2010 12:21:33 PM , Rating: 3
Oh and:

4: Security / war in the middle east.

Which would be a pretty weak platform, since contrary to popular belief, only a fraction of our oil is imported from the middle east.

RE: True but...
By retrospooty on 6/22/2010 2:08:41 PM , Rating: 3
I have always said, we need to get off oil for these 3 reasons in order...

1. Economic - We are making countries that hate us rich beyond comprehension and spending way too much at it.

2. Political - Due to oil, we keep a presence in the middle east, creating enemies. Well funded enemies. We just need to get the hell out of there.

3. Environmental - I am not a man made global warming believer... but the pollutants so thick you can see it in the air over any large city are obviously not healthy to breath for us or our children.

RE: True but...
By retrospooty on 6/22/2010 2:10:19 PM , Rating: 2
"only a fraction of our oil is imported from the middle east. "

Not really... We buy most of our imported oil from Canada, but they get most of theirs from the ME.

RE: True but...
By Danger D on 6/22/2010 2:20:07 PM , Rating: 3
Oil is fungible. It doesn't matter who you buy it from on the international market, it all benefits all the exporters. If we buy more from Canada and Mexico and completely cut out Venezuela, it won't hurt Venezuela at all. The countries that had been buying Canadian oil simply go to Venezuela to fill the need.

Saudi Arabia has by far the most oil, and they have a strangle-hold on OPEC, which basically dictates price and supply for the entire international market. If we import oil, they gain, even if we import from Canada.

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