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September 7th, 2010

Breaking the Chains: 6 Solutions for Ending Dependence on Foreign Oil

Abstract:
America doesn't have to depend on overseas sources for one of its most vital national needs. A move toward energy independence, aside from creating as many as 14 million new jobs, can help rebuild our nation's industrial base and provide one of the most stable and secure energy supplies in the world. Best of all, this new domestically produced energy can be both renewable and sustainable. Here are a half-dozen ideas on how to start:

1. Invest in new infrastructure to process alternative fuels. There's little dispute over the feasibility of manufacturing liquid fuels from non-petroleum sources. Brazil is energy independent thanks, in no small part, to production of ethanol from sugarcane. Germany relied on coal during World War II. South Africa continues to tap coal and natural gas using the technology developed during years of isolation resulting from apartheid. The same technology is capable of producing fuels here in the United States -- and decades of research and the emergence of nanotechnology make energy produced this way much more affordable and economically competitive with oil-based fuels.

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