Rep. Ed Markey, writing in Grist, calls for an American �Sdeclaration of independence from foreign oil⬝ on this 4th of July. He wrote, �SThe great American experiment still has battles left to fight, freedoms we must achieve. The call of this generation is to finally achieve freedom from oil by moving to a clean energy future.⬝
Markey cites the environmental devastation in the Gulf of Mexico, and the billions dollars that American spends every week to pay for oil from the Persian Gulf. He points to possible solutions like the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy & Security Act�that invests $190 billion in clean energy like wind, solar, and geothermal, and another $20 billion in advanced fuel-efficient vehicles like plug-in hybrids and all-electric cars and trucks.
Combine Waxman-Markey with renewable-fuel standards already in place, and Americans can save more than 5 million barrels of oil a day, more than we import from the Middle East and Venezuela combined, according to Markey.