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Public murky on oil spill, energy

The public overwhelmingly thinks the United States needs a fundamental overhaul of its energy policies, and 59 percent expect alternative forms to replace oil as a major source within 25 years, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll. But 51 percent are unwilling to pay higher gas prices to help develop new fuel sources. However, 76 percent of those surveyed favor more government regulations on offshore drilling, and 49 percent said the risks were too great to increase offshore drilling (while 42 percent favored more drilling).

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