Over the past 30 years, Presidents Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush have all called for an end to our dangerous reliance on imported oil, specifically oil from the Middle East. Despite these pleas for change, we have seen a reduction of our national vehicle fuel efficiency (MPG) by 8% and an increase in oil consumption of 30%. What is needed is a plan of action and the political will to challenge the status quo.  

Considerable progress can be made toward "energy independence" as detailed in the study done for Americans for Energy Independence by UC Berkeley's prestigious Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory.  Hopefully this report brings home the point that as educated consumers and voters, we have the power to effect change one purchase, one vote at a time.


   


Abstract–

Significant inroads towards energy independence can be made by reducing oil use in the light duty transportation sector, which accounts for 43% of total US oil use. By increasing CAFE standards, biofuel use, hybrid vehicle market share and promoting the development of plug-in hybrid vehicles, we find that oil imports can be reduced 20-32% by 2025. Furthermore, under our most aggressive scenario, US oil consumption can be reduced by 6.3 million barrels per day, eliminating the need to import oil from the Persian Gulf by 2021. Secondarily, there is the added value of reducing light duty transportation carbon emissions by 50% and lastly, a cost savings $1.1 trillion dollars at today’s oil prices. The additional energy, in the electricity sector, needed to power the nearly 42 million plug-in hybrids by 2025 can be achieved through implementation of known energy efficiency measures.


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Chris from CA
5/29/2006 10:45:46 PM




It's also a life-style problem. Why drive to somewhere only a quarter mile away? Just walk! Or take public transit, etc. We need to move our fat lazy ass a little more often to enhance national security, protect the environment, and lower health cost.
Besides, I wish more companies would offer incentives for employees to work at home. Why make them drive half an hour every day to sit in the prison cell of a cubicle for eight hours?



I agree 100% that we are facing a lifestyle change issue. Our problems with making mass transit or walking to work are too many to list, starting with the way we have allowed urban sprawl based upon the assumption of cheap, endless gasoline. If we can impact people's buying behavior first (getting them to think about MPG as an example), perhaps this will give us time to address the bigger issues such as urban living design. Like you, I have started walking or taking mass transit when it is available - but, how can a major city like Los Angeles not have a subway or train that has a stop at LAX?

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John G from MS
5/29/2006 5:41:23 PM




It's also a life-style problem. Why drive to somewhere only a quarter mile away? Just walk! Or take public transit, etc. We need to move our fat lazy ass a little more often to enhance national security, protect the environment, and lower health cost.
Besides, I wish more companies would offer incentives for employees to work at home. Why make them drive half an hour every day to sit in the prison cell of a cubicle for eight hours?

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Navin N from DC
5/9/2006 1:23:28 PM




For decades, our political and business leaders have served up little more than empty rhetoric on energy independence. Americans believe that we possess all of the talents and resources necessary to end our dependence on oil, yet the leadership in Washington and Detroit has been lacking. This study commissioned by Americans for Energy Independence should make it absolutely clear that energy independence is not only necessary but possible. We welcome the organizationís on-going efforts to push for a safe and secure energy future.

- Navin Nayak, Program Director, Environmental Action

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Chris W from CA
4/4/2006 5:19:07 PM




I want to thank Professor Kammen, Frank Ling and Jenn Baka for their work on this report and outstanding contribution to our efforts. We will use this report to hone our messaging campaigns, to focus future editorials and to drive further research. As we move forward from here, we will look at the cultural, regulatory and economic factors that need to be fleshed out in order to put this plan into action.

- Chris Wolfe, President, Americans for Energy Independence

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Adam K from DC
4/4/2006 5:13:14 PM




This UC Berkeley study provides a clear and compelling case that we can both enhance our energy security and markedly reduce global warming pollution. It should be a wake-up call to policy-makers and a must read for any naysayer who doubts America's ability to wean ourselves from oil and transition to cleaner, safer and more reliable sources of energy. We commend Americans for Energy Independence for commissioning this report.

- Adam Kolton, Sr. Director, Congressional and Federal Affairs, National Wildlife Federation

 

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