Freeing America from its dependence on oil from unstable parts of the world is an admirable goal, but many of the proposed solutions—including the push for more home-grown biofuels and for the construction of the new Keystone XL pipeline to transport Canadian tar sands oil to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast—are harmful and simply unnecessary. Gasoline use in the United States is falling, and the trends already driving it down are likely to continue into the future, making both the mirage of beneficial biofuels and the construction of a new pipeline to import incredibly dirty oil seem ever more out of touch with reality.
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After what seems like an endless period of record-high gasoline prices, gas station signs are changing almost constantly as the cost for a gallon of gas tumbles. Although the numbers vary depending on where you are, the trend is the same: prices have hit the bottom of the (oil) barrel. As I write, the lowest […]
By Jonathan G. Dorn Background • The United States consumes nearly 21 million barrels of petroleum per day (7.5 billion barrels per year), one fourth the world total. • Of the crude oil consumed in the U.S., 66 percent is imported. • The U.S. is on pace to spend over $500 billion on petroleum imports […]
This post is by Sheryl Canter, an online writer and editorial manager at Environmental Defense Fund. Last week we sent an email to our action network asking how people were coping with high oil prices. The response on our sister blog, the Green Room, was enthusiastic — over 600 comments! Here are some of our […]