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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 Ammohunt on 6/22/2010 2:06:00 PM , Rating: 2
I am neither Demo nor Repub

Your ignorant assumption that I am a tree-hugging liberal hippy makes you look like a complete fool.

it appears you are worse! the mushy middle don't take sides sway with the wind; you know a principle free spineless weasel.

RE: Only 73%?
By Quadrillity on 6/22/2010 3:56:40 PM , Rating: 2
Or maybe It could be that I am a conservative? Think that may have been a possibility you ass hat?

the mushy middle don't take sides sway with the wind

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. If you don't know your history very well; at his farewell speech, one of the things he warned us about was the dangers of parties.

So you are saying that I have to be either a Democrat or a Republican in order to have a worthy opinion?

RE: Only 73%?
By Nfarce on 6/22/2010 8:31:56 PM , Rating: 2
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.

That's a noble stance. Too bad it's not reality. George Washington was not perfect. Political parties were inevitable even though he was against the development of them in parliament as was John Adams (both considered themselves far too independent minded in politics).

Unfortunately, that is not the reality of today, nor has it been for the past, say 200 years or so when America really got going after 1776. Parties were inevitable. It is human nature to have disagreements and arguments. No one human is the same, not even identical twins. Everyone has different ideas, and it is up to those that share similar ideas (ideology) to band together and form a forceful opposition to those who don't share the same.

This is nothing new and has been around for thousands of years in actuality. Anyone pretending to be on the middle of the fence on any issue, especially today, is an irrelevant pawn to either side of the issue.

RE: Only 73%?
By Ammohunt on 6/23/2010 2:36:30 PM , Rating: 2
We have a two party system which for now we are stuck with. Running around attempting to make a statement by not affiliating is juvenile at best; my advice to you is to participate and influence change in the Republican party ergo the Tea Party movement. The Repulican party will once again be conservative.

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