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Freedom From Oil

Americans deserve better. Our country is a symbol of justice, democracy, and hope. American ingenuity and determination has cured polio and put a man on the moon. We can create a world powered by safe, secure, and sustainable energy.
Celebrate the 4th of July 2005 by declaring independence from oil!

Read the Declaration of Independence from Oil and add your name below.

Let's be honest. Our country has become far too dependent, even addicted, to oil. We consume over 25 percent of the world’s oil, yet we make up less than 5 percent of the world’s population.

Did you know that transportation accounts for over 70 percent of America’s oil consumption? Yikes, that’s a lot of oil! And of all the automakers, Ford Motor Company’s cars, trucks and SUVs waste the most gas.

So then, how do we end our oil dependence? Start with American automakers. By convincing them to immediately increase the fuel efficiency of their vehicles, America can take a major step towards declaring independence from oil.

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Re: Freedom From Oil

I think it was the last Peak Oil meeting I went to there was a speaker there who explained that traditional solar panels have an energy payback period of 8 years, but that the latest solar technologies have an energy payback period of as little as 120 days. That is, the energy required to create the cells and the panels is equal to the electrical energy produced by the panels in 120 days. This does not include other incidental items such as power converters and batteries, but it is a vast improvement over the previous technology.

Re: Freedom From Oil

Amen. It should be America's primary energy policy to pursue such sources of alternative energy.

Re: Freedom From Oil

to the anonymous poster~
Was the speaker mentioned above Ron Swenson? If so, we would love it if you could post those comments here:
Thank you


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