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Protect California's Energy Security

Michael Wu | Posted 10.28.2014 | Green
Michael Wu

Before the end of the legislative session this Friday, California legislators are pondering action worse than just kicking the can down the road -- they're actively considering taking a dive on our energy security.

High Oil Prices Taxing American Families--But There's A Solution

Ken Blackwell | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Ken Blackwell

New transportation technologies will delink our economy and security from the global oil market, helping offer relief from the high gas bills straining family budgets. It's time to get serious about embracing these solutions.

What Sustainable Islands Teach Us

Kyle Datta | Posted 11.04.2013 | Hawaii
Kyle Datta

How can humanity manage someday to support more than 9 billion lives on one small planet -- an island floating in an ocean of space -- without destroying the environment? Can our energy systems operate solely on renewable energy and still be affordable? Can we truly feed ourselves from local agriculture and maintain the diets of developed countries?

Energy Independence?

Denise Bode | Posted 10.09.2013 | Green
Denise Bode

I read daily that America's shale oil revolution means we are finally on our way to being energy independent. If so, does that mean our national security interests no longer require American troops to defend foreign oil imports from the Middle East?

The Perils of Saudi Arabia Bankrolling U.S. Foreign Policy

Jonathan Marshall | Posted 11.12.2012 | Home
Jonathan Marshall

Almost everyone agrees that overdependence on Middle Eastern oil is bad for America's economy and national security. So why don't we recognize the similar dangers of overdependence on Middle Eastern money to achieve U.S. foreign policy objectives?

Transportation Innovation Can Reduce America's Oil Dependence

Phyllis Cuttino | Posted 10.02.2012 | Green
Phyllis Cuttino

Nations such as South Korea, Japan, and China are aggressively investing billions of dollars in research and development and incentivizing deployment of EVs to capture large shares in this growing worldwide sector. We should too.

Operation Free: Our Military Should Not Be Dependent on Foreign Oil

Lt. Gen. Norman R. Seip | Posted 09.11.2012 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Norman R. Seip

We can no longer rely on oil as the sole fuel source for the military. That is why I am a proud member of Operation Free, a nationwide coalition of veterans who recognize that oil dependence and climate change pose serious threats to our national security.

Barack Obama Prepares for War Footing

Edwin Black | Posted 03.19.2012 | Home
Edwin Black

A newly-propounded Executive Order renews and updates the president's power to take control of all civil energy supplies, including oil and natural gas, control and restrict all civil transportation, and even provides the option to re-enable a draft.

The Class of Talkers Playing Down the Cost of Fossil Fuel Dependence

Gabe Elsner | Posted 04.12.2012 | Green
Gabe Elsner

The fossil fuel lobby aggressively uses propaganda to block public health protections, manipulate the energy debate, defend their massive government handouts and attack clean energy sources that threaten to displace them.

In The Public Interest : House Transportation Bills Strikes First as Tragedy, Then as Dangerous Farce

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 04.04.2012 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

The agenda for transportation advanced by the House this week flies directly in the face of clear trends in how Americans are choosing to travel.

If Iran Moves, the USA Has No Plan for an Oil Interruption

Edwin Black | Posted 02.27.2012 | Home
Edwin Black

It will come as a shock to most Americans, but no presidential candidate -- nor any candidate, nor any local, state or federal government -- has developed a contingency plan in the event of a protracted oil cut-off.

The New CAFE Standards Are Good, But We'll Still Be Drinking Oil

Jigar Shah | Posted 10.05.2011 | Green
Jigar Shah

While I commend the Obama administration and 13 automakers for boosting the Corporate Average Fuel Economy of cars and light-duty trucks sold in the U.S., it is only a baby step toward solving our real problem: oil addiction.

To Fix America, Tax Foreigners

Carl Pope | Posted 10.04.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

The U.S. consumes about 6.5 billion barrels of oil a year. About 60 percent of it is imported. Getting rid of these imports would have had the same impact in 2010 as a $300 billion dollar tax cut on American consumers and the American economy.

In The Public Interest: Maine Approves Historic Law To Reduce Oil Use (Really!)

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 09.04.2011 | Green
Phineas Baxandall

If the current Maine legislature has found its way to pass such forward-looking reforms, they can happen anywhere.

No Time to Be Timid

Michael Brune | Posted 08.02.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

We consume a breathtaking 19 million barrels a day, and 70 percent of it is used for transportation. If we don't want to see a catastrophic disruption of global climate, we need to start acting with urgency right now.

Green Shoots for Oil Independence

David Burwell | Posted 07.26.2011 | Green
David Burwell

Green shoots prophesying accelerated declines in American oil consumption are cropping up everywhere. Even before the recession, total domestic oil consumption was in decline and the trend accelerated as the economy lagged.

U.S. Dependency On Foreign Oil Below 50 Percent For First Time In A Decade

Reuters | Posted 07.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON (Reuters/Tom Doggett) - U.S. dependence on imported oil fell below 50 percent in 2010 for the first time in more than a decade, thanks in p...

PIGS Don't Get to Burn Oil

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 07.04.2011 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

China doesn't have to build a blue water navy or engage in an arms race to take a big slice of the U.S.'s energy pie. All it has to do is stop showing up at the U.S. Treasury auction.

It's Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature

Lance Simmens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lance Simmens

The force unleashed by Mother Nature this past week is a stark and somber reminder of the limits to human power.

Alternative Energy: Why the President's Portfolio Approach Will Make us Leaders

Michael Wynne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Wynne

One of the greatest threats to our economic and national security is the need to secure foreign oil.


Robert Zevin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Zevin

Corrupt regulatory oversight, cutting corners to save costs, chanting "Drill, baby, drill." Like an addict resorting to riskier behavior to get a "fix", we have adopted riskier measures to feed our addiction to oil.

The Gulf at the Gas Station: Can We Calculate the True Cost of Our Dependence on Oil?

Mark Engler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mark Engler

It's time for a different accounting: What has that catastrophic spill cost our society? What price do we pay for our dependence on oil? How do we measure these things?

New Economy, New Energy: Lessons from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

The house that Wall Street built has fallen -- and great was its fall! The house that Big Oil built has fallen -- and great was its fall! We need to rediscover some of our old values on which we can build a solid foundation for the future.

Owning Up to Our Oil Addiction

Tom Schey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tom Schey

We, vain Americans, blame BP and all the others out there, but it's our addiction providing our neighborhood dealer with the incentives. Our dependency on oil is an addiction we need to break.

First Do No Harm: Making Sure an Energy Bill Doesn't Fuel Global Warming

David Doniger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Doniger

The Senate bill must not include measures that increase carbon emissions, take away the laws already on the books to cut those emissions, or weaken other protections for public health and the environment.