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October 30, 2003
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NDCF report: the hidden cost of imported oil
National Defense Council Foundation: if reflected at the pump, the “hidden costs” of oil would raise the price of gallon of gasoline to over $5.28.

Thirty years later oil is still a big gun
Thirty years ago, on October 17, in an attempt to influence U.S. Middle East policy, the OPEC cartel, spearheaded by Saudi Arabia, decided to cut oil supply to the U.S. Can it happen again, and what can we do about it?

Dangerous Dependence
The United States should decrease its use of Middle Eastern oil and develop alternate fuel methods or risk even greater reliance on the Arab world, warns one energy expert.

Minding Its Business
Saudi Arabia, which has demonstrated its willingness to use its vast oil reserves as a foreign policy tool, has not acted to aid U.S. efforts to rebuild Iraq.

Fencing in looters and saboteurs in Iraq
Too many people in and outside of Iraq are hoping to deny Iraq a better future through a campaign of sabotage and plunder of the country's neglected oil facilities. The problem, and possible solutions.

In this hemisphere

Unrest in Bolivia over gas deal
Riots over a proposed $5 billion project to export natural gas to the U.S. forced Bolivia's president to step down.


Prospects on Russia’s stance towards OPEC
In September Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler Prince Abdullah made the first visit to Russia by a Saudi head of state in over seven decades. The future of Moscow’s stance towards OPEC is a critical question for the world oil market. Will Russia be willing to cooperate with OPEC and thus further strengthen the power of the cartel to set a price range for oil?

Energy security and liquefied natural gas
Demand for natural gas has increased as have the security vulnerabilities presented by liquefied natural gas terminals and tankers.

On the technology front

Genesis Fueltech reports successful long term test of methanol reformer
Phillip Piffer, president of Genesis Fueltech, reports on testing of the company’s newest methanol to hydrogen fuel processor.

Caterpillar and FuelCell Energy Announce Largest Fuel Cell Power Plant Installation in Illinois
The fuel cell power plant, which can supply electricity to more than 250 average American homes, will be connected to the Peoria area electricity grid.

Plug-in hybrid electric HUMVEE for the U.S. military
International Truck and Engine Corporation has a cooperative agreement with Vision Technologies Systems, Inc, to design and market a repowered solution for the HUMVEE® which includes a hybrid electric drive with plug-in power.

Hydrogen fuel cell powered special operations vehicles for the Army
Quantum Fuel System Technologies Worldwide, Inc., will develop and demonstrate a high performance, hydrogen fuel cell powered light-duty, special operations vehicle. Fuel comprises 70 percent of the supplies transported by the Armed Services to support battlefield operations.

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NDCF report: the hidden cost of imported oil

The National Defense Council Foundation (NDCF), an Alexandria, Virginia-based research and educational institution has completed its year-long analysis of the “hidden cost” of imported oil. The NDCF project represents the most comprehensive investigation of the military and economic penalty our undue dependence on imported oil exacts from the U.S. economy. Included in this economic toll are:

  • Almost $49.1 billion in annual defense outlays to maintain the capability to defend the flow of Persian Gulf Oil – the equivalent of adding $1.17 to the price of a gallon of gasoline;
  • The loss of 828,400 jobs in the U.S. economy;
  • The loss of $159.9 billion in GNP annually;
  • The loss of $13.4 billion in federal and state revenues annually;
  • Total economic penalties of from $297.2 to $304.9 billion annually.
If reflected at the gasoline pump, these “hidden costs” would raise the price of a gallon of gasoline to over $5.28, a fill-up would be over $105.

One striking figure was the cost of the periodic oil shocks the U.S. has experienced over the past three decades which NDCF estimates at from over $2.2 Trillion to almost $2.5 Trillion.

Prior to completion the study underwent an exhaustive peer review by a panel comprised of seventeen individuals with a broad range of expertise including representatives from government, industry and major environmental organizations.

In addition to detailing the costs of America’s import dependence, the NDCF report also outlines the benefits of shifting the U.S. transportation sector to non-petroleum derived fuels.

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