Iran blockade puts pressure on US energy independence

Members of Securing America’s Future Energy’s (SAFE) have said that the recent threat of blockade made by Iran is just another reason for America to become energy independent. The Energy […]

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By Tom Gibson

Members of Securing America’s Future Energy’s (SAFE) have said that the recent threat of blockade made by Iran is just another reason for America to become energy independent.

The Energy Security Leadership Council (ESLC) are a group of business executives and retired senior military leaders who believe that US dependence on imported oil poses an economic and national security threat. They say Iran is likely to keep oil prices at higher levels in 2012 and are urging action on a set of energy security policies which removes dependence on petroleum.

Admiral Dennis Blair, of the ESLC said: “The US, which gets no oil from Iran, carries the burden of breaking any blockade that the Iranians may impose and U.S. consumers will pay higher prices for oil. We need to reduce this trend. We need to drill for more oil in our waters, draw every drop of efficiency from our vehicles, and over the long-term, we need to transition our heavy-duty vehicle fleet to natural gas and our light-duty fleet to electricity.”

SAFE say Iran is expected continue threatening to use oil as a strategic weapon in the hope of deterring tighter sanctions, imposed over their current nuclear program.