US Needs to Have Energy Independence

opinion Essay
795 words
795 words

The reliance on other countries for fossil fuels that produce energy have put the United States of America at risk of being pulled into unstable regions around the world jeopardizing international relationships and putting its own citizens in harm’s way. America needs to balance both the pursuit of alternative energy solutions and reduce energy usage. Our military runs on fossil fuels produced by other nations who do not have similar interests or values as the United States, ultimately adding unwanted risk that becomes difficult to manage. There are advantages to alternative energy solutions that could allow for America to become an independent energy nation that would eliminate the need to support and stabilize various regions around the world. The U.S. Military needs to reduce its overall energy usage by taking advantage of breakthrough technologies that could be integrated onto current systems.
America is dependent on other nations for their ability to create energy. The United States is the world’s largest consumer of oil at 18.49 million barrels of oil per day. And it will continue to be that way for the foreseeable future considering the next largest customer of oil only consumes about 60% of what the U.S. does. This makes the U.S. vulnerable to any instability that may arise in the energy industry. In 2011, the world’s top three oil companies were Saudi Aramco (12%), National Iranian Oil Company (5%), and China National Petroleum Corp (4%). The risk associated with these countries being the top oil producers is twofold. One, they are located half way around the world making it an expensive to transport the product logistically to a desired destination. And two, the U.S. has weak, if not contentious,...

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...e of its own. And when they become completely independent of energy, there will be a new reason to celebrate Independence Day!

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In this essay, the author

  • Opines that america needs to balance the pursuit of alternative energy solutions and reduce energy usage by taking advantage of breakthrough technologies.
  • Opines that america needs to balance the pursuit of alternative energy solutions and reduce energy usage. the highest oil production locations are too far from america's soil.
  • Argues that the u.s. is the world's largest consumer of oil and is vulnerable to instability in the energy industry.
  • Cites lafontaine, dan. army engineers spur development of tactical microgrids.
  • Explains the u.s. congressional record - senate. political proceedings & debates, washington: united states government printing office, 2007.
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