Is that really necessary?As the debate unfolds about whether to build a 1,711-mile pipeline to carry crude oil from the tar sands in Canada to refineries in Texas, the focus is on the oil spills and carbon emissions that inevitably come with it. But we need to ask a more fundamental question. Do we really need that oil? The United States currently consumes more gasoline than the next 16 countries combined. Yes, you read that right. Among them are China, Japan, Russia, Germany, and Brazil. But now this is changing. Not only is the affluence that sustained this extravagant gasoline …
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Lester R. Brown is founder and president of Earth Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.
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