Monday, February 14, 2011

Make it in America

Growing Push to Make it in America

February 14, 2011 - The stars seemed to be aligning in support of the Apollo Alliance’s continued “Make it in America” initiative to ensure that as we transition to a clean economy, we don’t replace our dependence on foreign oil with dependence of foreign components of renewable energy and clean transportation systems.

“Nearly 60 percent of U.S. demand is now met by imported oil, up from 40 percent in 1990. The U.S. accounts for 22% of the world’s oil consumption, but we only possess 1.4% of the world’s proven reserves. These numbers tell a simple truth: no matter how deep we drill, domestic oil supplies cannot solve this problem. We must put in place policies to address the demand side of the problem.”

This was the message of Apollo Policy and Program Director Chris Busch when testifying before the House Subcommittee on Power and Energy for the Energy and Commerce Committee. Busch’s full testimony can be found on our website, Apollo Alliance, or by clicking here, and comes as Apollo push’s in 2011 for large scale investment in public transit and “Make it in America” policies that will reduce demand for oil, while creating over 3.7 million domestic jobs, 600,000 of them in the vital manufacturing sector. {continued}

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