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Study Details How U.S. Can Lessen Foreign Oil Dependency

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Study Details How U.S. Can Lessen Foreign Oil Dependency

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LOS ANGELES

By taking the right measures, the United States could end its dependence on oil imported from the Middle East by 2025, says a recent study by a team of researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Daniel M. Kammen and researchers at UC-Berkeley's Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) have released "Towards Energy Independence in 2025." a study that outlines short- and long-term steps that, if implemented by the nation's transportation and power industries, could lessen oil imports by more than 30 percent within 20 years. These measures could result in daily oil use savings of more than 22 percent, which is equivalent to the 6.3 million barrels a day the United States currently imports from the Persian Gulf region.

With transportation being responsible for 70 percent of U.S. oil consumption, the study recommends increasing fuel economy standards and expanding the use of biofuels. It also suggests making a major push to produce plug-in hybrid vehicles that can run on gasoline and generally expanding the use of hybrid vehicles.

Kammen says these near-term technologies and policies could make possible even larger oil use savings than the study predicts. …

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