Foreign oil independence within 10 years?
“And for the sake of our economy, our security, and the future of our planet, I will set a clear goal as president: In 10 years, we will finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East.” — President Barack Obama
That's one campaign promise the President will have to break.
Nevertheless, is ending foreign oil dependence within 10 years even possible? Even if money were no object, is it even plausible – via any technology or combination of technologies – to end US dependence upon foreign oil within a decade?
For instance, could enough batteries be produced within 10 years to end US dependence upon foreign oil? Could lithium be mined and manufactured at such a pace in just 10 years? Would producing countries even agree to such scale? Could a significant amount of America's several hundred million fleet of vehicles be converted into plug-ins within the next decade? Or, is such scale simply impossible in such a short amount of time, etc?
What about natural gas and domestic oil, even coal and cellulosic ethanol? Could America ensure enough supply to end US dependence upon foreign oil within 10 years, as well as enough supply to last at least a few more decades until alternative energies could be brought fully online? Or, is such an increased level of drilling impossible to achieve in such a short period of time?
Are such studies available?
The Department of Defense engages in numerous war games under every kind of scenario imaginable. Has the possibility of ending foreign oil dependence under many different scenarios also been extrapolated? If not, might it not be time?
Perhaps it's just me, but I'd love to see a few scenarios – some real world options – that achieve foreign oil independence within 10 years, 15 years, 20 years etc. What would each plan cost if the plan were put into action today? What would be each plan's CO2 score, pollution score, etc? What different combination of technologies could be utilized? How many jobs would be created? What are the ROI possibilities?
Is ending foreign oil dependence just a political con? Or, might it actually be possible to not just end foreign oil dependence within a decade, but to also create new jobs, reduce pollution and quickly reap a huge return on our investment? Might ending foreign oil dependence be the greatest economic stimulus ever?
Isn't it time that pork-loving, dividing-and-conquering politicians provide some transparent and honest options for the future of American energy policy? Isn't it time we the people demand such information from OUR representatives?