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What is Energy Independence?

Energy independence is a concept where the U.S. is significantly less dependent on imported oil, specifically from countries outside of North America. Instead, the U.S. uses oil drilled from its territory (& nearby territories) and finds other ways to produce energy, such as the development of clean, renewable energy sources, practices and industries.

Energy Independence: The Basics

-The United States has less than 3% of the world's oil reserves, but accounts for more than 25% of global demand and is the #1 oil consuming country.
-In 2001, the U.S. consumed almost three times as much energy as China. China consumes the second highest amount of energy in the world.
-Buildings consume more than a third of U.S. energy, and the average home produces more pollution than the average car.
-Development of only 10% of the wind potential in the 10 windiest cities would provide enough capacity to reduce total U.S. carbon emissions by a third.

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