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Tuesday, 13th July 2010

U.S. Oil Dependence Threatens Security, Economy, Environment: New Joint Report Shows the Problems with and Solutions to U.S. Oil Addiction

U.S. Oil Dependence Threatens Security, Economy, Environment: New Joint Report Shows the Problems with and Solutions to U.S. Oil Addiction
Source: Sierra Club and American Security Project

Facts from “Ending Our Dependence on Oil:”

TRANSPORTATION:

- The U.S. uses nearly 400 million gallons of oil every day moving people in automobiles, goods on freight truck, air travel, rail and transit.
- Cars and light trucks use nine million barrels of oil per day.
- Of all the oil used in the United States, 70% is consumed by transportation

NATIONAL SECURITY:

- Of the imported petroleum Americans consume, 68 percent is supplied by countries at “high risk” or “very high risk” for instability.
- Oil dependence gives leverage and money to potential adversaries, and risking embroiling the U.S. state in endless conflicts abroad to secure access to oil.

ECONOMIC SECURITY:

- Americans send over $1 billion abroad every day to pay for oil.
- The result is lost jobs and increasing dollars in the hands of foreigners who we increasingly rely upon to finance our deficits.
- The U.S. borrows money from the Chinese to buy oil from the Saudis, causing greater national debt and dependence on the goodwill of others to allow its economy to function.

ENVIRONMENT:

- The BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is an example of what could happen again if the U.S. increases off-shore drilling.
- Transportation is responsible for approximately one-third of all U.S. carbon dioxide emissions.
- We burn about 400 million gallons of gasoline every day, releasing 19 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere per gallon, over 7.2 billion pounds of carbon daily.

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