What to Do about Oil?


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?

Very important

Somewhat important

Somewhat unimportant

Not important

Not sure

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

Not sure

Do you think that increased energy conservation is:

Absolutely essential

Nice, but not essential

Not very essential at all

Pointless

Not sure

Would you be willing to adjust your lifestyle to help conserve energy?

Yes

No

Not sure

Would you be willing to buy energy-efficient products so the U.S. could import less oil?

Yes

No

Not sure

If you had to pay significantly more for energy (gasoline, electricity, fuels for heating and cooling). would you be likely to conserve?

Yes

No

Not sure

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