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United States Can Reduce Oil Dependence By 79 Billion Gallons

by on July 8, 2011

That’s the title of Environment America’s press release today.  The group lays out some strategic steps to reduce oil consumption in their new report, Getting Off Oil: A 50 State Roadmap to Curbing Our Dependence on Petroleum.

Daniel Gatti, Staff Attorney at Environment America stated,

“The cost of our oil dependence has grown out of control, from the outrageous price we pay at the pump, to the pollution of the air that we breathe, to our contribution to global warming, to disasters like the Gulf spill last year and the ongoing spill in the Yellowstone River. Today’s report shows how we can bring the United States closer to the day when we will no longer fear the impact of Big Oil on our paychecks, our environment and our public health.”

Some of the policies recommended in the report include:

  • setting fuel efficiency standards that make 60-mpg cars the norm by 2025
  • enacting a Clean Fuels Standard that will stimulate billions in investment in electric vehicles and advanced fuel technologies
  • doubling access to public transportation
  • enacting policies to encourage telecommuting, smart growth, and biking and walking.

Leaders from various fields have emerged in favor of the policies set forth in the report including:

US Senator Jeff Merkley, (D-OR)

“Our dependence on oil poses dangerous risks to our economy, our environment and our national security. We need a national conversation about how to reduce our dependence on oil to make us more self-sufficient and create good paying jobs here at home. Environment America is playing an important role in this conversation and I appreciate the thoughtful analysis and policy recommendations they are putting forward.”

David Solimini, spokesman for the Truman National Security Project

“In Iraq and Afghanistan, Americans have seen firsthand that our addiction to oil costs dollars and lives. Oil money is funding our most dangerous enemies. It’s time to stop putting oil dollars into the hands of extremists, and start investing in a clean energy economy here at home.”

Peter Wilk MD, executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility

“Oil is a leading source of smog, particulate matter, ozone, and toxic chemicals.  It contributes to tens of thousands of deaths each year. By decreasing oil consumption, we can reduce the number of asthma attacks, other lung diseases, heart attacks and cancer.  For the health of your heart and lungs and your children’s, insist on fuel-efficient cars, drive less, and get everybody else to do the same.”

Phineas Baxandall, Senior Analyst with the U.S. Public Interest Research Group

“Consumers spend more on transportation than they do on healthcare, entertainment or food. Americans need better alternatives that use less oil. With the economy still struggling and into the future, we cannot continue to hand over more and more of our paychecks to ExxonMobil and Saudi Arabia.”

Source Climate Progres

  1. People tend to forget that with around 1500-3000$? + battery (Incentive) you can convert *any* vehicle to run on electricity.

  2. Ethanol, bio-diesel and other atnartele fuels are all fine. But the atnartele energy supporters are still waiting for the killer solution that will knock out fossil fuels for ever.The solution will have to be rather hi-tech considering the amount of interest low-tech solutions have always generated.Now if we turn away from low-tech forever and look to technology, the obvious solution would be the sun, because it releases enough energy in one day to last the human race a few million years. That of course is a little way off…

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