Less Oil or More Caskets
The National Security Argument for Moving Away From Oil
Published by: Indiana University Press
Every day, millions of Americans get behind the wheels of their car, peacefully unaware of where the gas that powers their vehicle originates. Only transportation and industrial uses consume significant quantities of oil in the United States, with transportation by far the dominant user. Electric power generated by oil is virtually nonexistent, while residential and commercial heating uses for oil continue to fall.
In Less Oil or More Caskets: The National Security Argument for Moving Away From Oil, Greg Ballard profiles the history of US troops in the Middle East the last forty plus years and the impact the oil industry has had on our international politics. More than a recap, Ballard makes a call to action for American politicians and citizens to change their ideas about transportation in America. By changing the fuel in our vehicles and embracing new technologies in transportation, he argues that within two decades our nation and the world could be on the path to freedom from the current dependence on oil-rich nations. This would preclude the United States from having to send troops overseas to protect the supply of oil for the entire world, saving both dollars and lives.
Moving Away from Oil: Why Now?
1. What is the Situation?
2. The Military Side
3. What Are the Costs?
4. How Did We Get to This Point?
5. What Is the Technology Today—and What Does the Future Hold?
6. What Would Happen?
7. What Should We Do Now?
8. A Final Thought
Appendix A: Congressional Donations Data
Appendix B: Price of a Barrel of Oil, 1986-2015
Appendix C: Even the Saudis Know
Appendix D: How Did We Get Here?