I heard on Marketplace that 70% of plastics are made from domestic natural gas and not petreoluem imports. This made me wonder how dependent we really are on oil imports. According to the Transportation Energy Data Book, 68.3% of the United States petroluem consumption is used for Transportation in 2007 with imports accounting for 58.2% of total consumption. If we cut our oil consumption for transportation by half, we can be less reliant on foreign imports. It is solely our transportation system that makes the United States dependent on foreign oil. Although transportation also includes all the diesel vehicles (big rigs) used to ship goods around the country. One should always go back to the numbers and look at the facts to be imformed about what is and what isn’t true. Blind assumptions that we are dependent on foreign oil for plastics is false.
Oil and Plastics