Securing Our Transportation Future Through Changes to the Energy Model
ARMY ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY INST FORT BELVOIR VA
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Transportation is the lifeblood of any modern society. Without the ability to economically transport people and goods throughout the country, the standard of living for each citizen would decline. Today, with the rising cost of fossil fuels transportation costs are skyrocketing, making the price of basic goods almost unaffordable for the ordinary citizen. This places a heavy strain on our economy, and also on our national security, as so much of our commerce and military depend on oil as their primary transportation fuel. This paper will discuss the economic and security implications of our current dependency on oil as our primary transportation fuel. The paper then reviews the existing energy policies of various federal agencies, followed by a description of efforts that the Department of Defense and Department of Energy are working on to reduce the national dependency on oil as the main transportation fuel. Finally, the paper provides justification for an alternative energy model for transportation fuel that includes the policy and funding changes needed to make the United States more economically competitive and secure.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Government and Political Science
- Military Forces and Organizations