National security is yet another reason for the U.S. to move away from fossil fuels, according to the Military Advisory Board (MAB)of the CNA research group. Citing oil shocks over the past few decades, and their destabilizing effects on our economic interests, these military leaders urged "immediate, swift and aggressive action" to reduce U.S. oil consumtion 30% over the next 10 years.
The U.S. increasingly has become dependent on oil as its primary source of energy, and this dependency makes the nation vulnerable to short and long term disruptions in the oil supply. Retired General Paul Kern, who chairs the Military Advisory Board, notes that U.S. dependency on oil is exploited by nations, unfriendly to U.S. interests.
The MAB report, "Ensuring America's Freedom of Movement: A National Security to Reduce U.S. Oil Dependence," states that as the world demand for oil increases and supply decreases, we either have to decide to diversify our energy supply, or face increased risks of international conflict, necessitating military intervention. Failure to act to free ourselves from oil also makes the military more vulnerable, by requiring long convoys that are vulnerable to attacks.
The MAB report calls on congress and the administration to increase transportation efficiency and diversify fuel supplies. Increased fuel economy standards are mentioned as a way to achieve overall transportation efficiency. Also, the board notes that government should be in the business of promoting wider public acceptance of alternative mode of transportation.
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