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04/28/2013 11:05 am ET

U.S. Transportation Remains Almost Entirely Reliant On Oil (VIDEO)

From Face the Facts USA:

93 percent of U.S. transport remains reliant on oil.

As Earth Week 2013 continues we turn to one of the root causes of a central environmental issue, carbon dioxide emissions, and the biggest factor in boosting them -- transportation.

America’s planes, trains and motor vehicles consume 13.6 million barrels of oil each day. Despite rising interest in alternative fuels, 93 percent of American transport still depends on petroleum. In fact, transportation is more oil-reliant than any other U.S. economic sector; 71 percent of our oil supply powers various types of transport.

What does this mean for our C02 emission levels?

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