How can the U.S. reduce its dependency on oil -- both foreign and domestic?
The Gulf of Mexico oil spill has spotlighted the risks that accompany offshore drilling, and environmental groups have responded by demanding a ban. Advocates of drilling in U.S. coastal waters counter that this country needs to become less reliant on imports from the Middle East. Forty percent of the energy consumed in the U.S. comes from oil. And 70 percent of that oil is imported.
Will the massive oil spill in the gulf have any impact on the U.S. relationship to oil? Will it spur more investment in so-called clean energy? Will it improve the prospects of climate and energy legislation?