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Energy Independence Myths and Solutions

Energy Independence Myths and Solutions

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Published by Adam Khan
This looks at the solution to high gas prices.
This looks at the solution to high gas prices.

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Published by: Adam Khan on May 26, 2011
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EEgy IdEEdEE Myth d tI
Everyone expresses concern about “energy independence.” We are awash in pronouncements about theneed for more solar, wind, clean coal and nuclear power. But no amount of new electrical power wouldmake us any more independent. The United States already gets 100% of our electricity from our domesticallyproduced coal, natural gas, nuclear, hydroelectric, wind and solar. We are already energy independent whenit comes to generating electricity. The problem is not
independence – it’s
independence.Since virtually every car, truck, bus, train, ship and plane runs on oil,
expansion of nuclear, solar, win, ec.will ave no impac on oil inepenence.
These promising technologies may replace coal for electricitygeneration, but will not decrease oil demand.
True energy independence requires that oil’s monopoly over trans-portation fuel be broken. Since most cars sold in America today can run only on gasoline, the monopoly holds our transportationhostage. Only fuel choice via ex fuel can break that monopoly.Since cars consume approximately half of the 20 million barrelsof oil we consume daily, this would have the greatest impact forthe least cost.
 An Open Fuel Standard ensuring that every car sold in Americais ex uel capable is the cheapest and most-efective way to break oil’s monopoly over transportation uel, strengthening America’s security and economy.
Flex fuel ecnolo exiss an can be implemene swifl.
Flex fuel vehicles have comprised the majority of new cars in Brazilfor years.
Flex fuel ecnolo is ceap.
is technology costs
less than $100 per vehicle.
Flex fuel ecnolo rul is exible.
Flex fuel enables cars to run on any blend of gasoline and alcohol,such as ethanol or methanol. Such fuels can be made economically from a variety of 
non-petroleum energy sources, including
coal,natural gas, biomass, waste, corn and sugar.Many cars sold in America are already ex fuel capable, including the No. 1 sellingFord F-150. e following new cars comeex fuel capable: Chevrolet Impala, Chev-rolet Uplander, Chrysler Sebring, ChryslerTown & Country, Dodge Avenger, FordCrown Victoria FFV, GMC Yukon, Mercury Grand Marquis FFV, Nissan Armada,Nissan Titan, Mercedes C300 and Bentley.
SUE: U.S. EE ITI IISTTI
U.S. EEITUES  :
$30 bllon per year.COAL OiL 
 UT I BIIS0 100 200 300 400 500 600
U.S. EEITUES  I:
$600 bllon per year.
Ol s also the largest contrbutor to U.S. CO2 emssons.Flex fuel s already here.
42% 37% 21% 

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