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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: Only 73%?
By tallcool1 on 6/22/2010 12:55:50 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
"Nuclear, Wind, Solar, Tidal, etc., ...combined can fully support our needs plus some.
Unfortunately those combined cannot "fully" support our needs since oil is used for more than just generating power.

Oil (Petrochemicals) are used in a variaty of industries and products, everything from lubrication, plastics, pharmaceuticals, food additives, adhesives, solvents, detergents, fibers, pesticides and so on.


RE: Only 73%?
By Quadrillity on 6/23/2010 9:28:54 AM , Rating: 2
If you would have read the ongoing thread before posting you would see that we have already addressed that it is common knowledge that a little less than half of crude oil is refined into gasoline.

So yes, those combined technologies would fully support our ENERGY needs. I figured that the word energy would be implied, but I guess some thing have to be spelled out. You are an idiot for coming to a tech forum and trying to explain common sense principals about oil that everyone already knows about.

In summation: "no s***, you retard".


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