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|Quote ("Rev Dr" Lenny Flank @ Dec. 02 2006,13:43)|
|Quote (Stephen Elliott @ Dec. 02 2006,12:19)|
|It isn't just the military that need it. Almost all production and distribution in developed nations depends upon oil; As does power generation in a lot of countries.|
That is true, but that is not the US motive -- after all, the US gets only about one-sixth of its oil from the Middle East. The US military, meanwhile, is, far and away, the largest single user of oil in the country -- it utilizes, all by itself, about 2% of the ***entire annual consumption of oil in the US***. The US Air Force, by itself, spends over $4.7 billion per year just on jet fuel.
Industry and private consumers can, at least theoretically, utilize other sources of energy -- solar, wind power, etc. The military can't. It's stuff runs on oil, and nothing BUT oil. There are no solar-powered aircraft carriers, and no hydrogen-powered battle tanks. If it comes down to the choice between oil for the military and oil for the economy, the military will get it. That is the purpose behind the US Strategic Oil Reserve, which is stored in Louisiana. It's, uh, not there so people can heat their houses in the winter.
I am not sure of the reliability of that site, but it claims...
The USA imports about 55% of its oil needs.
Sources of U.S. Oil Imports (millions of barrels per day, 2001): Canada: 1.79 - Saudi Arabia: 1.66 - Venezuela: 1.54 - Mexico: 1.42 - Nigeria: .86 - Iraq: .78 - Norway: .33 - Angola: .32 - United Kingdom: .31 - Total: 11.62. (Source: Energy Information Administration).
Sources of U.S. Oil Imports (%, 2002): Saudi Arabia: 16.9% - Mexico: 15.1% - Canada: 15.0% - Venezuela: 14.4% - Iraq: 11.4% - Nigeria: 5.9.%.
only about 30% of the USA's oil imports came from Arab countries in 2002. Since USA oil imports are about 55% of USA oil consumption, only about 15% of USA's oil consumption is provided by Arab countries.
About 40% of oil in the USA is used to produce gasoline.
Where did your figures come from? I just did a quick google search.