President Bush has begun proposing energy alternatives to oil (file photo) (epa)
21 February 2006 -- U.S. President George W. Bush has said his country's dependence on foreign oil is a "national security problem."
Bush, speaking on 20 February during a tour of a manufacturing plant that makes batteries for electric cars, repeated the theme from his recent State of Union address that the United States is "addicted to oil."
He said that some countries the United States relies on for oil have unstable governments or fundamental differences with the United States. He promoted alternative energy technologies as a way to break the dependence.
The United States is the largest national importer of foreign oil.
Caspian Energy Special
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HOW MUCH OIL? The U.S. Energy Information Administration has estimated that the Caspian could hold between 17 billion and 33 billion barrels of proven oil. ("Proven reserves" are defined by energy experts to be 90 percent probable.) Other experts estimate the Caspian could hold "possible reserves" of up to 233 billion barrels of oil. ("Possible reserves" are considered to be 50 percent probable.) By comparison, Saudi Arabia has 261 billion barrels of oil and the United States 23 billion...(more)