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I agree with President Obama that we should begin pushing to free America from dependency on foreign oil. Not only does that dependency make the United States venerable from an economic perspective, but also in a military perspective. As long as the U.S. is dependent on other sources for oil and other resources, it’s in constant danger of being cut-off, or even worse, coerced (1) into performing actions for other countries. According to a recent statistic from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in 2009 over 1.5 million barrel were imported from countries that were members of the OPEC with over 62% coming from Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, and Nigeria. Another 1.7 million barrels were imported from non OPEC (2) members (2010). Any of those countries could decide to stop exporting oil to the U.S. which would cause the, already struggling, economy to possibly collapse. By turning to renewable resources such as solar power and clean coal, President Obama is attempting to rid the United States of those possibilities and become more independent. Opposing arguments may believe it’s unnecessary to spend money on such expensive projects, but the outcome is well worth the price. Everything costs money in today’s global economy so why should research be any different? Another view states that the U.S. could continue to drill off of its own oil reserves to help. That is one possibility; however the idea is to hold on to its own reserves for when it actually is needed. Because oil is not renewable, careful consideration must be used in deciding how it gets used. Currently, fossil fuels, like crude oil, contribute to an average of 83.7% of the energy in the United States alone (U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2010). It’s only going to last for so long. In the end, I think making the push for alternatives to oil can only benefit the United States. It will create cheaper…...

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