Accession Number : ADA506646


Title :   A Strategy for American Power: Energy, Climate and National Security


Corporate Author : CENTER FOR A NEW AMERICAN SECURITY WASHINGTON DC


Personal Author(s) : Burke, Sharon ; Parthemore, Christine ; Busby, John ; Matthews, Christine ; Jaffe, Amy M ; Furman, Jason


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a506646.pdf


Report Date : Jun 2008


Pagination or Media Count : 133


Abstract : The United States is engaged in a new war, and it is a war like no other in our history. Today, we are at war with the gas pump and the power plant - and the gas pump and the power plant, for the most part, are winning. These strange foes can be explained in a handful of numbers: 22 million : Barrels of oil Americans consume every day. 60 percent : U.S. oil demand met by imports. 96 percent : Cars on U.S. roads that rely on oil products. Two-thirds: Global oil reserves in the Middle East. 46 percent : Forecast increase in global oil demand by 2030. 50 percent : U.S. electricity that comes from coal-fired power plants. 200 years: How long America's coal reserves would last at current rates of consumption. 70 percent : Growth of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions between 1970 and 2004. 70 -90 percent : Approximate greenhouse gas emissions the United States would have to cut in the next 40 years to avoid the worst effects of climate change. These numbers add up to a tremendous vulnerability. The United States is dependent on geopolitically problematic and polluting oil, and the most likely substitute, coal-fired electricity, is even worse for the Earth's climate, with grave implications for future national security.


Descriptors :   *INTERNATIONAL POLITICS , *NATIONAL SECURITY , *GLOBAL , *ENERGY CONSUMPTION , GREENHOUSE EFFECT , OIL PRODUCTS , RESERVES(ENERGY) , EARTH(PLANET) , GAS PUMPS , ELECTRICITY , EMISSION , CLIMATE


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Non-electrical Energy Conversion


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE