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.

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