10 Reasons to Be Alarmed About Our Catastrophic Oil Addiction

War, terrorism, economic instability — these are just a few of the reasons to be concerned about our addiction to oil.

May 15, 2010 |

A US soldier walks near a Stryker vehicle during a patrol in Shahwali Kot district in Kandahar. The United States and Afghanistan pledged Tuesday to forge ties that will outlast the withdrawal of US combat forces but raised mutual fears over Afghan government corruption and civilian casualties.
Photo Credit: AFP – Tauseef Mustafa

War, terrorism, economic instability — these are just a few of the reasons to be concerned about our addiction to oil. Here’s a list of 10 reasons to be concerned:

1. Terrorism

The threat of terrorism has been crucial in shaping U.S. policy since 9/11. However, unbeknownst to many, the rise to power of radical, anti-American Islamism can be largely financially traced back to the American consumer’s demand for oil to support a cheap energy lifestyle. That the United States has in its possession only 3% of oil reserves in the world while consuming 25% of total world daily oil production should be alarming. That the majority of oil that we import comes from countries ruled by dictatorships such as Saudi Arabia and other OPEC nations should be further alarming. These OPEC nations include Saudi Arabia, Libya, Kuwait, Iraq, Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Angola, Indonesia, Nigeria, Venezuela and Ecuador. It is clear that many of these nations are not pro-American by any means, and some are notorious harbors and financiers of international terror networks such as Al-Qaeda.

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