Addressing the demand side of the energy equation
There are those among us who don't believe climate change is real and we shouldn't be doing anything about efficiency. Even if you disregard the environmental argument there is an eminently logical and perhaps even more important reason for us to use less oil: national security. By being so overwhelmingly dependent on a finite natural resource that we don't control, we are placing ourselves unnecessarily at risk. The United States spends an inordinate amount of our GDP on the military, a large proportion of which is devoted to maintaining a ready supply of petroleum. If we were not so dependent on oil we could greatly reduce our military expenditures to maintain that supply. Fossil fuels need to be more heavily taxed as a means of showing Americans the true cost of the fuel they use and enhancing our national security. Washington Post writer Warren Johnson has his own take on this issue that also supports the idea of fuel taxes.
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