The cost of our oil addiction

American families are paying more than ever for our addiction to oil. With rising global demand and instability in the Middle East pushing oil prices ever higher, oil dependence takes an enormous bite out of our paychecks and our economy. But the prices that we pay with our wallets are only a fraction of the true costs of our addiction to oil. 

We pay for it with our lungs, every time we breathe in toxic chemicals released from burning oil.

We also pay for our oil with our beaches, coasts and oceans.  In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster dumped 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and contaminated thousands of miles of coastline. And in 2011, an Exxon Mobil pipeline spilled and dumped 42,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River, which runs through the national park.

It doesn't have to be this way. And in 2011, Environment America made encouraging inroads in our effort to break our nation’s oil addiction.

At 54.5 mpg, a big move to get America off oil

In the wake of the Yellowstone spill, our staff and allies got straight to work, mobilizing more than 21,000 people to voice their support for cleaner cars that use less oil.

The Obama administration responded with fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks, finalized in August, 2012. The standards represent the largest single step the U.S. has ever taken to tackle global warming.

The standards will cut carbon pollution from vehicles in the United States by 270 million metric tons—the equivalent of the annual pollution of 40 million of today’s vehicles—and save 1.5 million barrels of oil every day.

What You Can Do: Ten Tips to Get Off Oil

Strong fuel efficiency standards are critical to reducing our oil dependence. However, small changes can also add up to a big difference.

Check out our Top 10 Tips to use less oil and shrink your carbon footprint. Then, thank President Obama for finalizing historic clean cars standards.


Get Off Oil Updates

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Much-needed Methane Strategy Should Be Tough, Enforceable

In response to President Obama’s proposed methane strategy today, Environment America Federal Global Warming Program Director Julian Boggs issued the following statement:

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News Release | Environment America

Clean Energy Policies are Cutting Carbon Pollution

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the authoritative international body of climate scientists prepares to release the latest, and by all accounts most alarming, assessment of climate impacts, evidence is growing that the U.S. already has the tools in place to tackle global warming. Clean energy policies, such as standards for renewable energy and energy efficiency, are leading to big reductions of carbon pollution – the leading cause of global warming – according to a new report by Environment America Research & Policy Center. 

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Report | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Moving America Forward

American leadership in the fight against global warming is crucial. America is the world’s largest economy, the second-largest emitter of global warming pollution, and the nation responsible for more of the human-caused carbon dioxide pollution in the atmosphere than any other. Without prompt action by the United States and others to reduce global warming pollution, catastrophic impacts – from coastal flooding to food system disruptions – could become unavoidable. 

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News Release | Environment America

Cleaner Trucks Will Lead To a Cleaner Future

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to President Obama’s directive to the Environmental Protection Agency to set fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, Environment America Executive Director Margie Alt issued the following statement:

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Global Warming has Winter Games Skating on Thin Ice

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the world turns its attention to the Sochi Olympic Games, Environment America revealed a summary of impacts global warming is having on Winter Olympic sports, and highlighting the need to act urgently to reduce the carbon pollution fueling global warming.

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