The only way to end our dependence on oil is to move to renewable energy sources like solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal energy, instead of using fossil fuels. Renewable energy sources do not give off greenhouse gases and carbon emissions, so they are much friendlier to the environment, and they are renewable, which means we will not run out of energy with these sources. The technology already exists to replace oil with renewable energy sources, but it may be inconvenient or cost more than fossil fuel technology, and many of us do not take advantage of these energy sources because of this. We need to end our dependence on oil, even if it hurts a little or is an inconvenience. Otherwise, it will hurt a lot more and go beyond inconvenience when our oil supplies shut off.
Dependence on oil is a serious problem in America, and high gas prices are only one component. Gas prices during the summer hit an all time high, at or close to four dollars a gallon. Even though the price of gas has gone down significantly, the dependence on oil still remains. When gas prices were high, many Americans cut back, leading to gas usage dropping significantly. Now that prices are lower, more Americans are going back to driving more, which means more global warming and air pollution, as well as more dependence on fossil fuels. Dependence on oil is not a good thing. In America, around thirteen million dollars each hour is spent on gasoline and oil. Much of this oil comes from the Persian Gulf and Middle East countries, which means that our dependence on oil is a threat to the security and economy of our country.
Foreign oil and a dependence on oil from outside the USA poses enormous security risks as well. Unfortunately, many of the countries that control the biggest percentage of oil reserves in the world are also the same countries where terrorists and other security risks are located. Overseas governments can be risky and unstable, and this means that we take the risk of an OPEC country or hostile foreign government cutting off the oil supply that is available to us. This would cause an energy crisis that could have an enormous effect on the American economy and population. We have already seen gas prices around four dollars a gallon, but if oil was suddenly in short supply this amount could go up substantially. Our dependence on oil puts us at enormous safety and security risks, and puts us at the mercy of oil producing countries that we export oil from. Even if we could drill every oil reserve under US land, we would not be able to supply enough fossil fuels to keep the country out of an energy crisis. In addition, locating new oil can take years, and then it takes years to set up the drilling and start producing oil that can be refined and used.
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