Chances to avert current oil crisis were ignored and blocked

Analysts: US’s Chances To Head Off Current Oil Crisis Were Ignored, Blocked

Over the last 25 years, opportunities to head off the current crisis were ignored, missed or deliberately blocked, according to analysts, politicians and veterans of the oil and automobile industries. What’s more, for all the surprise at just how high oil prices have climbed, and fears for the future, this is one crisis we were warned about. Ever since the oil shortages of the 1970s, one report after another has cautioned against America’s oil addiction.

Even as politicians heatedly debate opening new regions to drilling, corralling energy speculators, or starting an Apollo-like effort to find renewable energy supplies, analysts say the real source of the problem is closer to home. In fact, it’s parked in our driveways.

Nearly 70 percent of the 21 million barrels of oil the United States consumes every day goes for transportation, with the bulk of that burned by individual drivers, according to the National Commission on Energy Policy, a bipartisan research group that advises Congress.

That’s right. In the good old USA, we consume 15 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL PER DAY just driving our gas guzzling cars.


  1. Sandra Price

    In the last 25 years, what were our options? In 1998 I bought a new car that gave me 30 mpg and still does. It is a well tuned Mazda and will probably be my last car. I hate to think that I am one of those guilty gas guzzlers but if the shoe fits. BTW I just hit 24,000 miles on the car and have driven from California and back 7 times. I am as green as I’m going to get.

  2. Direct Democracy

    Paying $4/gallon for gas sure took you mind off of Iraq REAL FUCKING QUICK, though, didn’t it?

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