AMERICA'S NEED FOR FUEL INDEPENDENCE -- (House of Representatives - November 13, 2006)
Mr. KINGSTON. Mr. Speaker, at one time the United States of America overwhelmingly was an agrarian country, but today only 2 percent of the population are farmers. Yet those 2 percent feed all 100 percent of us and a great portion of the rest of the world as well.
Now, when it comes to energy, however, we import 60 percent; yet America consumes 25 percent of the world's oil. We need, for the sake of national security, fuel independence. In 2004, we bought over $100 billion of oil from non-democratic countries, countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Russia, Venezuela, countries that are not always with the United States on a lot of matters and particularly on their votes in the U.N.
When we do this, we are funding both sides in the war on terrorism. We need to move towards alternatives: biofuel, ethanol, hydrogen. These technologies are already out there; we just need to have a national commitment to have fuel independence.
I have proposed a bill, H.R. 4409, which is cosponsored by Mr. Engel of New York, that moves us in that direction in 20 years. I urge my colleagues to join us and take a good serious look at fuel independence.