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The possibility of war with Iraq is focusing attention on oil more intensely than at any time in more than a decade (see BW Cover Story, 2/24/02, "Getting Smart about Oil"). Thus, energy and conservation seem like apt subjects for this BusinessWeek Online Reader Survey, which as always is unscientific, since anyone who wishes to can participate. That said, we appreciate your taking the time to let us know what you think about this crucial issue today.
The U.S. now imports 55% of its oil. How important do you think it is to lessen that percentage?
Who do you think is primarily responsible for perpetuating the country's dependence on imported oil?
The government, by not pushing hard enough for conservation
Consumers, for wasting too much energy
Big U.S. companies, for wasting energy and making products that use energy inefficiently
The free market, for providing energy so cheaply that no one has an incentive to conserve
Do you think that increased energy conservation is:
Nice, but not essential
Not very essential at all
Would you be willing to adjust your lifestyle to help conserve energy?
Would you be willing to buy energy-efficient products so the U.S. could import less oil?
If you had to pay significantly more for energy (gasoline, electricity, fuels for heating and cooling). would you be likely to conserve?
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