The Impact Of Fossil Fuels
“The United States consumes a quarter of the planet’s daily output of 84 million barrels of oil” (Clynes). Up to a third of that is imported from unstable Middle Eastern countries like Iraq and Saudi Arabia. If we move away from oil, we also move away from our dependence on unstable countries, some of which we are currently fighting. Renewable energy allows for domesticated energy production with a 1991 study finding that, “Kansas, North Dakota, and Texas have enough harnessable wind to meet the entire country’s energy needs” (Clynes). This study was recently revaluated and found to be an understatement. By switching to renewable energy, we can reduce our trade deficits, enhance national security and create millions of non-exportable jobs.