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A new Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) survey discovered that 62 percent of Americans believe gasoline will increase to $5 or more per gallon within the next five years. And 8 in 10 Americans say America's dependence on foreign oil is either a "major problem" or "crisis," and that the cost had become a "burden."

On the positive side, Americans see economic benefits to emerging energy-saving technologies, according to the survey. "By a 2 to 1 ratio, Americans believe that greater use of energy-saving technologies helps our country by saving money and making our economy more productive and competitive." More than half--55 percent--say greater use of energy-saving technologies will create jobs; a 3 to 1 ratio over those who say they will reduce jobs.

Based in Austin, TX, AEE was founded in 2011 to help alternative energy developers and communities capitalize upon the growing opportunities for energy-led economic development. Currently it represents several hundred U.S. businesses.

AEE co-founder Tom Steyer said that through advanced energy, "America has the chance to change the way we generate and consume energy, and turn energy supply from a problem to an opportunity with a profound impact to our economy and national security."

This survey of Americans also discovered that:

The AEE online survey of 1,004 adults has a margin of error of +/- 3.2 percentage points.