Dependence on Foreign Energy Lowers National Security.
Former Director of Central Intelligence and Former Undersecretary of Energy, U.S. Energy Dependence Undercutting U.S. NationalSecurity, Council Task Force Warns, Council on Foreign Relations, Oct.
America’s dependence on imported energy increases its strategic vulnerability andconstrains its ability to pursue foreign policy and national security objectives
, finds aCouncil-sponsored Independent Task Force.
“The lack of sustained attention to energy issues isundercutting U.S. foreign policy and U.S. national security,
” says the report.
At the sametime, energy suppliers—from Russia to Iran to Venezuela—are able and willing touse their energy resources as leverage to pursue their strategic and politicalobjectives. “Because of their oil wealth, these and other producer countries are freeto ignore U.S. policies and to pursue interests inimical to our national security,”
. Dependence also puts the United States into competition with other importingcountries, notably China and India.Dependence of Foreign Energy Causes Terrorism
, Udaily, University of Delaware, U.S. must end dependency on oil,
Depending on volatile countries in the Middle East for oil poses a threat to nationalsecurity
, Gal Luft, co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security, said Wednesday evening, April 5, during a Global Agenda serieslecture at UD.
“The reality is most of the world's oil is concentrated in areas and countriesthat are unstable, corrupt, dictatorial and, in some cases, deeply resentful of theUnited States
,” he said.
“Seventy-one percent of the world's oil reserves are in the handsof Muslim countries at a time in which our relationship with the Muslim world is atan all-time low.”
In his lecture, Luft said
lack of oil in the U.S. increases its dependency onother countries. Although the U.S. possesses only 3 percent of the world's oil, itconsumes 25 percent.
Luft, co-chairperson of the Set America Free Coalition, said
the U.S. is supportingterrorism by paying Middle Eastern countries for their oil. “We are funding thosecountries that are the richest proliferators of radical Islam
,” he said.
“We are fighting thewar on terrorism, and we are paying for both sides of the war. On one hand, we aresending our troops and daughters all over the world to fight for freedom anddemocracy. At the same time, every time we arrive into a gas station, we end upsending dollars and cents to those who don't like us.”Micro- Dams cause little impacts to the environment.
, Project Director of Worldwatch Institute, American Energy: The Path to Renewable Energy, Pg. 32, Sept.
The vast majority of the nation’s hydropower comes from large-scale facilities, but
a significant share of U.S. hydro plantstoday are micro-scale systems. Rather than using a large dam and storagereservoir, micro- and small-scale projects generally use “run-of-river” designs thatproduce electricity by diverting only part of a stream. Most consist of small turbinesthat rely on water pressure or velocity to generate power.
Small hydro facilities often have difficultygaining affordable grid connections, and power purchase agreements with utilities are generally required for independent power producers to operate suchsystems. And even small hydro is hindered by the perception that it can adversely affect fishing. But environmental
impacts can be