This summer, Congress passed a ‘comprehensive’ energy bill. The bill was initiated at the request of President Bush, in response to rising oil prices. However, the Bill has been criticized for doing little to diminish US dependency on foreign oil.
A growing movement is forming in response to the neo-con movement, the neo-con being cited as the driving force behind the Bush administration. This new movement, while still early in its development and yet to be centralized, is being referred to as the geo-con movement. In short, it is the belief that many of the neo-con goals can best be accomplished through lowering US dependence on foreign oil.
The author of the cited article makes a case for US negotiations being greatly weakened by its oil dependence in all of the following: Terrorism, Democracy in the Greater Middle East, WMD proliferation, and foreign relations in Iran, Russia, and Latin America.
Does oil hinder the US from obtaining its global goals? Are the President’s hands tied in political negotiations due to our heavy dependence on foreign oil? Is it possible to greatly reduce (let’s say by 50%) our need for foreign oil?
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