The Fuel Subsidy We Need Analysis

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In "The Fuel Subsidy We Need," Ricardo Bayon raises multiple valid points based on the disadvantages of oil from fossil fuels, and the advantages of fuel cells. Bayon's introductory paragraph informs the reader of how energy-dependent America is in the world today, which in turn describes the topic of the essay. Bayon brings up the point of oil dependence and consumption in the United States, focusing the topic on a specific type of energy being consumed. "Overall the United States consumes 25 percent of the oil produced in the world each year (Bayon,100)." This quote is utilized to prove America's substantial dependence on oil; therefore proving Bayon's topic and providing him with credibility. By using statistics in the introduction, the author attempts to hook readers into reading the remainder of his essay in order to appreciate his point of view.
Bayon's first body paragraph illustrates America's economic vulnerability in order to prove the topic of America's dangerous overdependence on oil. We consume more than our domestic oil supply due to being so oil dependent, and as a result the author indicates Washington D.C. is practically forced to do business with hostile countries for oil. This creates economic vulnerability of the United States to oil price spikes and inflation possibilities. In 2008, "The United States imported 4 million barrels of oil daily, or 1.5 billion barrels yearly from "dangerous or unstable" countries at a cost of about $150 billion per year. (" These oil prices of $150 billion dollars per year can be decreased if hydrogen fuel cells were in greater use. As a result of the laws of supply and demand, the United States will have no power over the increasing prices o...

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...or critic arguments who call the fuel cell plan "science fiction". To the readers, it's apparent that Bayon conducted extensive research and provided readers with logical points to support his initial topic and did not leave any room for opposing argument.

Works Cited

Behrens, Laurence, and Leonard J. Rosen. "The Fuel Subsidy We Need." Writing and Reading across the Curriculum. Boston: Little, Brown, 1985. 100-01. Print.
Bushby, Lisa. "Hydrogen Fuel Cells." : Energy of the Future ( N.p., 22 Aug. 2006. Web. 04 Sept. 2013.
"Oil Dependence Is a Dangerous Habit." Center for American Progress, 13 Jan. 2010. Web. 04 Sept. 2013. .
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