Gas usage in America.

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Gas usage in America

The gas consumption of Americans is excessive and causing serious problems in our nation. The American people are unconsciously using their vehicles a lot more while the population is staying the same. The U.S. is becoming more and more dependent on foreign countries for their oil, and paying extremely high amounts of money for it. The pollution in the air caused by increased usage of vehicles is creating major health problems in the U.S., such as asthma.

If we don't decrease the amount of gas usage in America, then problems are going to increase more and more each decade.

Since 1970 the U.S. vehicle usage has increased 149%, while the population has only gone up 39%. 60 % of U.S. families own two or more vehicles, and 19% have more than three vehicles. On average, families in the U.S. have about three kids, making it unnecessary for a family of that size to have three vehicles.

The 2000 census showed that 5% of the workers in the U.S. use public transportation and only 3% telecommute. One thing the government could do to increase the amount of people telecommuting would be to make high speed internet both accessible and cheaper, and for public transportation, they could ask small businesses for certain ideas.

The U.S. is extremely dependent on other countries for their oil, which creates major problems if those countries want to raise their oil prices. The U.S. imports over 50% of the nation's oil, and about half of that comes from the Middle East. The U.S. is already paying $30 billion a year just to defend Middle Eastern oil resources, and if these percentages continue to increase, the U.S. will be paying at least $45 billion a year, which could be very bad...