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Also, we use about 140 billion gallons of gasoline per year in the US, and about 40% comes from the middle east... that's 560 billion gallons of gasoline over the past ten years from the middle east, so our $2 trillion dollars spent on military efforts comes out to about $4 *more* per gallon of gas than what we pay at the pumps... since a lot of that is additional debt instead of immediate tax raises, let's call it about $8 extra for every gallon of gas we use... nice.Sep 24, 2011
I don't think those stats are true, and even if they were, there are a few things to consider... a lot of our fuel purchased in this country is from countries where we've spent $2 *trillion* since 2001 on military efforts. These are countries where woman cannot drive or they'll be imprisoned, where women only have 1/2 a "credit" towards testimony in courts, where woman must cover themselves, where they may be subject to repeated rape - and then be stoned to death for shaming their family, where gays face the death penalty, any where dozens of other human rights atrocities take place. Then when you buy that gasoline, you are also sending money overseas, rather than keeping it local. Plus, you're spending about ten times more per mile to drive! Plus, if you get solar panels on your house (a 5kw system is down to $2.35/w - down 11% in the past six months and now cheaper than coal!) it will cost about $70/mo more on your mortgage payment, increase the value of your home about $25K (cost of system plus capitalized value increase due to decreased utilities), but allow you to have a $0 electric bill, a $0 natural gas bill (no longer necessary), and a $0 bill for gasoline for your car. Overall, there are some pretty incredible things coming our way in the next few years. Electric vehicle battery prices should drop another 50% in the next 4 years and about 80% in 7 years at the rate they're going. Keep it local, stop buying foreign fuels, and keep the dollars in America.Sep 24, 2011