Analyst Urges Cure for Oil-Import Addiction

Institute for the Analysis of Global Security's Anne Korin urges use of ethanol fuels and plug-in hybrids.

Published: 04-Mar-2005

United States can easily end its addiction to imported oil by moving to automobiles that run on gasoline and alcohol or that can use a mixture of electricity and gasoline for power, a security and energy analyst said Wednesday.

"If we want to reduce our oil dependence, dependence on foreign oil, then we have to focus on the transportation sector," said <a href=''>Anne Korin</a>, director of policy and strategic planning for the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security.

Korin was one of the speakers at the LSU Energy Center's Alternative Energy Conference. The two-day conference ends today. About 70 people attended the first day.

Two-thirds of the country's oil is used for transportation, mainly for gasoline and diesel, Korin said.


Visits to China, India, Malaysia and Pakistan are significant because the trip spells out the Saudi Kingdom's Look East policy, representing a new reorientation in its foreign policy that was heavily tilted toward the West.

The worst two scenarios suggest a drastic decline in output to 875,000 barrels a day by the end of 2007 and to just 520,000 a day by the end of 2008.

Bush said he envisioned a future in which a plug-in hybrid car could drive 40 miles on a lithium-ion battery, then stop at a filling station for ethanol, a fuel usually made from corn, similar to HyMotion Prius pictured below.


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