Easing America's Oil Reliance

Bills introduced in the House and the Senate seek to reduce U.S. oil consumption by 2.5 million barrels a day over the next 10 years, and by 10 million barrels a day over 25 years.

Published: 17-Nov-2005

WASHINGTON -- The cars we buy and the fuel we run them on would be significantly different in a few years under sweeping energy legislation introduced Wednesday in Congress.

The bipartisan bills take direct aim at American dependence on foreign oil, which the measures’ supporters call a threat to national security and the economy, and an outsized influence on our foreign policy.

Unlike most recent debates over energy, the legislation focuses on reducing fossil fuel consumption rather than on increasing its production.


Visits to China, India, Malaysia and Pakistan are significant because the trip spells out the Saudi Kingdom's Look East policy, representing a new reorientation in its foreign policy that was heavily tilted toward the West.

The worst two scenarios suggest a drastic decline in output to 875,000 barrels a day by the end of 2007 and to just 520,000 a day by the end of 2008.

Bush said he envisioned a future in which a plug-in hybrid car could drive 40 miles on a lithium-ion battery, then stop at a filling station for ethanol, a fuel usually made from corn, similar to HyMotion Prius pictured below.


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