What to Know
The United States imports 11 million barrels of oil each day, more than half of our 20-million-barrel daily habit. At $40 plus a barrel, we’re spending more than $800 million a day to import oil. The carbon emissions from burning all this fuel amount to about 600 million metric tons. The cost of the war in Iraq is more than $1 billion per week.
Source: Hunter Lovins, Yes Magazine, http://www.yesmagazine.org/article.asp?ID=1018
The impact of our dependence on foreign fossil fuel on people, communities, the environment, and our nation is staggering.
The good news: renewable energy sources—wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, and hydrogen fuel cells—are more than capable of supplying a significant portion of our energy needs in the US and abroad.
Renewable energy technologies yield significant environmental, economic, and energy security benefits, reducing our dependence on coal, nuclear energy, and foreign oil.
Unfortunately, many people, including some of our elected officials, are ready to buy wholeheartedly into the benefits of clean energy sources.
Green America’s Green Energy program helps you fuel your own green energy shift, with ideas and information that can help make clean, sustainable energy a reality for your family and your community. We bring you the best ideas on energy conservation and efficiency, and the latest on renewable energy technologies that are available to use right now.
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