Nationalize Them!

If oil companies think they mollify the public by touting their involvement in alternative-energy research, a Rasmussen Reports poll should give them pause. A bare majority of those polled (52 percent) said “an oil company should be allowed to keep profits from any alternative energy source it discovers.” Twenty-nine percent said oil companies shouldn’t be allowed to keep such profits, and 19 percent weren’t sure. As if that weren’t enough, 29 percent of respondents said they want the government to “nationalize all the oil companies and run them on a nonprofit basis.”