This is about
how America can stop importing foreign oil and those keeping it from
happening. The United States has been grappling with the ill
effects of imported oil for decades and now there is an opportunity to
reduce the country's dependency on oil imports.
Compiling a report of this
magnitude involves a tremendous amount of effort. It seems the more
information that is uncovered, the more there remains to be uncovered.
Research is like that. One thing leads to another thing, which leads to
another thing and so on. This is what we have found in compiling this
report. We are afraid we are just scratching the surface.
As with any
momentous movement in which there are many interests for and against there
is misinformation being promulgated. Announcements by Saudi Arabia, OPEC and
the oil industry are rarely questioned by the press. Substituting natural
gas for oil is not likely to be in their best interest.
There is a kind of
quiet revolution going on in this country as more and more people become
aware of the advantages of replacing oil with natural gas as a fuel for
The advantages are
it is cheaper, causes less pollution, and make the U.S. less dependent on
foreign oil. Some say converting to natural gas as a fuel for transportation
can enable this country to stop importing foreign oil and result in
trillions of dollars remaining in circulation in North America rather than
being sent overseas and funding terrorism. It should also increase
competition in the energy markets, which should put a downward pressure on
Still, the U.S. is
lagging behind other countries in converting to natural gas. Companies
producing natural gas are looking at overseas markets to sell their product.
There are plans to build facilities to export natural gas to other countries
at a number of ports in the U.S. and Canada.
There are 14
countries around the world that have substantially more natural gas vehicles
on the road than the United States. For example, Iran and Pakistan
have close to 20 times as many. This despite the U.S. being third in
the amount of natural gas reserves (behind Saudi Arabia and Iran) and having
the most advanced vehicular transportation system.
Most people will agree it is in the
best interest of the U.S. that its dependence on foreign oil be eliminated.
Stopping the need for foreign oil imports involves replacing gasoline and
diesel with natural gas as the main fuel for transportation and relegating
gasoline and diesel to relatively lesser status. This naturally will
benefit certain interests while harming the interests of other individuals
Whether it will happen or not will
depend to a large part on the public and who they vote for, because there
are powerful forces controlling members of Congress who will block any
effort to change the status quo.