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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 Hiawa23 on 6/22/2010 3:34:18 PM , Rating: 3
The self proclaimed greatest country in the world has had decades to try to solve this issue, & put some sort of energy plan in place. Blame who you want, this goes back atleast 8 presidents, they all said the same thing but this is where we find ourselves, so, if you ask me, yes, I also would like to see less dependence, but my cars still run on fuel, & gas prices are too high as it is, the electricity that powers my home is partially made made with fossil fuels. I think we agree, problem is how, & why hasn't any of our last 8 presidents been able to solve this? I say Obama should lift the ban on the drilling, as we need to get oil wherever we can get it, just do it safely.

RE: True but...
By Clienthes on 6/23/2010 5:19:52 PM , Rating: 2
why hasn't any of our last 8 presidents been able to solve this?

Because even though the technology has been improving at an incredible rate, our energy requirements have been going up faster.

Just a side note: we have more coal than we know what to do with here in the US. We don't use oil to produce electricity, we use coal. Electricity production has almost nothing to do with energy independence except possibly as it relates to transitioning to EVs, but that tech isn't ready for large scale use yet.

RE: True but...
By Clienthes on 6/23/2010 5:24:04 PM , Rating: 2
I hate when I bounce from article to article and lose track of which one I'm reading...Fossil fuel dependence vs. energy independence in this case. Please disregard the second half of my previous comment.

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