Oil and US perception

I tend to distrust polls but thought I’d mention this recent CNN poll regarding Americans and fear vulnerability of oil supply. Funny how folks don’t seem to put much blame on auto companies and even less on themselves. Always easier too blame others I suppose.

Eighty-nine percent of those polled said oil companies deserve a great deal or some of the blame for current energy problems, compared to 81 percent who felt that way about Bush.

Nearly one in three said oil-producing countries deserve a great deal of the blame, while 27 percent put the blame on automobile companies. One in every four of those polled said American consumers bore the brunt of the blame.

The poll, which was released Wednesday afternoon, also indicates that roughly three out of four Americans — 77 percent — fear the supply of oil will not be able to keep up with global demand. Three in 10 said they believe the world will run short of oil within the next 25 years.

Good to see that oil and energy are becoming, to some small degree, more important to the media. Shame that the coverage is still so shallow and too rarely dig into the reality of peak oil.

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2 thoughts on “Oil and US perception

  1. stranger

    i have to agree with one major point you made here – and that’s the fact that americans don’t seem willing to take any responsibility on themselves!

    “wow, those oil companies are evil!” she exclaims while driving down the highway in her 8.5-mpg SUV that probably never holds more than one passenger at a time.

    “what will we do with no oil?” he asks, ignoring the bicycle gathering rust in his shed.

    americans need to wake up. oil companies are COMPANIES – they’re out to make money. it’s not their job to ensure we’re responsible with their product.

    that said, it is pretty ridiculous that in an era of record-breaking profits in the oil industry, the us government is still giving corporate welfare to corporations such as exxon. i mean, wtf?!?

  2. denny

    yeah… agreed… and a step further, why should the government give welfare to any corporation, oil or not? no for-profit corporation should be getting public assistance.

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