A Strategy for American Power: Energy, Climate and National Security
CENTER FOR A NEW AMERICAN SECURITY WASHINGTON DC
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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 Americas 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 Earths climate, with grave implications for future national security.
- Government and Political Science
- Non-electrical Energy Conversion