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Deloitte Tells U.S. Lawmakers to Increase Security of Energy Supplies
October 17, 2012
A new report from Deloitte claims that the United States government needs to take new steps to increase energy security. Lawmakers have been primarily concerned with promoting energy independence. Deloitte said that preference may not be in the nation’s best interest.
According to the report, the United States already has a high level of energy independence. Lawmakers are still working to make the transportation sector less dependent on foreign fuels. Most other sectors have little or no dependence on imported fuels.
The report said that Americans are overly-reliant on crude oil. Deloitte said that lawmakers should consider creating new solutions for its energy needs. Lawmakers could take new steps to encourage the production of hybrid and solar vehicles.
Deloitte also said that lawmakers should consider a new approach to managing imports of crude oil. One measure could be facilitating new relationships with Canada and Mexico. This would help the United States reduce its reliance on crude oil from nations in OPEC.
The report concluded by stating the energy security is a more realistic goal than energy independence. The government will need to consider increasing the number of energy suppliers from friendly nations.