America's Dependence On Fossil Fuels

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The main social issue that we would like to address is America’s dependence on fossil fuels and the possibility of switching to environmentally friendly energy sources. Energy is the key conflict factor during our era. So new energy development is a vital project that not only can decrease the conflict that base on energy but also improve our environment, meanwhile it also can decrease the conflict that created by the environmental issues. Our audience will be mainly comprised of young adults, particularly those who already have an interest in the subject matter since the younger generations are more technologically savvy and our generation is old enough to vote. However we would also like to have some policy makers be part of the audience…show more content…
Being such a necessary and overused resource makes it a hotly contested subject and global issue. The United States is one of the biggest importers and users of oil in the world, which makes our need of it a major influence on several global markets. Our heavy reliance on dirty fuels, as well as every other industrialized country in the world, will lead to massive effects on the climate of our Earth. This in addition, has led to violence and war, particularly in the Middle East, over the ownership and distribution of oil and other energy resources, which in the end only serves to profit big oil industries. This problem will not stop or slow down, as the demand for energy will only increase as the world’s population and global economy continues to expand. For mainly these reasons, which will be handled more in-depth throughout this paper, the need for clean alternative energy is paramount and must be addressed within the foreseeable future should we otherwise suffer the consequences.
In 2014, the United States within that year used about 7 billion barrels of petroleum products (a barrel in America being 42 US gallons means that we used roughly 294 billion gallons). In 2012, we consumed about 6.8 billion barrels (285.6 billion gallons) of petroleum products and over half of these barrels were imported from some part of the Western Hemisphere. Although our dependence on importing petroleum has been on a decline (since 2005) we are still the
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