America’s Foreign Oil Dependency

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America’s Foreign Oil Dependency:

What are the options to stop this crisis?
Professor Sharon Mitchener


August 11, 2006

BUS 531
Research Proposal

The topic of this paper is America’s foreign oil dependency. The purpose of this paper is to suggest how might America completely destroy or at least greatly mitigate its dependency on crude oil to fuel Americans’ cars, especially foreign crude oil. Library literature, newspaper articles, encyclopedias, and the Internet were all sources used to compile this paper. The conclusion reached in this research topic is that America’s great foreign oil dependency is a crisis and other energy sources to fuel our cars need to be adopted and implemented before the people
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