US military say oil dependence is bad for national security

A group of retired US top brass has called on Congress to reduce American dependence on foreign oil. Senior figures from the Navy, Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps urge […]

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By Tom Gibson

A group of retired US top brass has called on Congress to reduce American dependence on foreign oil. Senior figures from the Navy, Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps urge the support of increasing fuel economy standards, as agreed to by car makers and unions.

The letter comes from the American Security Project, an organisation that aims to better understand national security issues and promote debate about the appropriate use of American power. It says: “Our dependence on oil weakens international leverage and undermines our foreign policy. It entangles the U.S. with unstable and hostile regimes; in 2010 it transferred over $600 billion of our wealth abroad; and it forces our military to protect the world’s supply lines.”

American car manufacturers, the United Auto Workers and the Administration have agreed a plan that would increase the average fuel economy to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, which the ASP supports as it increases national security by reducing reliance on oil and price volatility.

The ASP letter continues: “American consumers suffered in May from a price spike that saw oil rise to over $110 per barrel due to the turbulence in Libya. So long as oil remains a large part of the average American budget, we will remain vulnerable to unforeseen price shocks from around the world.”