National Security Experts Urging White House to Act on Oil Conservation Now
nlikely coalition convened in Washington today to take action against the country's increasing dependence on foreign oil sources.
Seeking input from environmentalists, 26 former national security officials -- many from the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush -- urged President Bush to take action to reduce U.S. oil consumption. "The United States' dependence on imported petroleum poses a risk to our homeland security and economic well-being," they wrote in a letter to the president.
In 1974, 37 percent of the oil used in the United States was imported. By last year, that number had soared to 63 percent.
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