The oil spill in the Gulf has had a profound effect on the environment, the scope of which won't be fully understood for some time. This disaster has also caused widespread anger, brought environmentalists out of the woodwork and even swayed public opinion on the use of fossil fuels. According to a recent poll, the American public now perceives a renewed need to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels.

As the latest Rasmussen Reports poll indicates, an oil spill effects more than just those who are directly impacted by it. Rasmussen polled 1,000 Americans on June 16-17 and the results speak volumes:
  • 73 percent of adults believe it's at least somewhat important for the country to change its dependency on fossil fuels. 42 percent say it's very important.
  • 41 percent say government policies should be enacted to discourage use of fossil fuels and encourage the use of alternative energy.
  • 43 percent believe the disastrous oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is at least somewhat likely to change our dependency on fossil fuels in the near future.
  • 29 percent of Americans think we will buy less oil from the Middle East in the future.
  • 54 percent of women think the Gulf Oil spill will cause America to change its dependency on fossil fuels in the near future, but 61 percent of men say it's unlikely.
Admittedly, it's a shame that it takes a disaster to ignite our drive towards reducing dependency on fossil fuels, but if any good can come from the spill, we'll definitely take it.

[Source: Rasmussen Reports | Image: A Little Lam - C.C. License 2.0]