It’s a myth the US can be energy independent within the next several decades

September 1st, 2007 |
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The US imports 10 million barrels of oil per day. This is more than it is producing itself, and over half of its oil consumption. If the US keeps consuming oil as it is now, imports will make up an estimated 70% of consumption in 2025.

It has been suggested by various policy makers that the US can be made energy independent within the next decade or two by simply growing more biomass, combined with oil savings. This is a myth. The volumes are simply too high.

What may surprise you is that the countries the US imports most from are Canada and Mexico, only then followed by Saudi Arabia. Other facts and figures and thoughts are offered in this first podcast on oil, gas and coal: our largest energy sources for the foreseeable future.

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