National Security Experts Urging White House to Act on Oil Conservation Now

26 former national security officials -- many from the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush -- urge President Bush to take action to reduce U.S. oil consumption.

Published: 29-Mar-2005

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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