Oil dependence is a topic that is highly controversial and relevant in our world today. Creating a United States that does not rely on foreign oil, without harming areas such as the Alaska's Artic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), seems like a formidable, if not impossible task for all. However, this task can be accomplished in many ways, starting with our personal consumption habits. This goes beyond the simple and obvious, though extremely important, duties of carpooling and using public transport or walking whenever possible. Other means of saving petroleum can come from small lifestyle changes such as using cloth bags versus plastic bags.
Important Oil Facts:
"According to a 2000 Oak Ridge National Laboratory study, the dependency on foreign petroleum has cost the United States between $3.8 trillion and $13.7 trillion in lost potential gross domestic product."
Projections from OPEC's World Energy Model see world oil demand rising from 77 million barrels of oil a day in 2002 to 115 mb/d in 2025 - an annual average growth of 1.7%."
In March 2004, the U.S. spent $13.8 billion on oil imports, amounting to 30 percent of the trade deficit for that month. If U.S. oil imports continue at this rate and price for a full year, the U.S. could spend more than $165 billion on oil imports.
Third World Traveller