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Home Issue Index Issue: Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency

Pro/Con Articles

SUPPORTERS ARGUE

Fossil fuels are essential to the U.S. economy and American way of life, and the U.S. government must do whatever it can to keep oil and gasoline prices low. It is unrealistic to think that the United States can rely on alternative energy in the near future. Projects such as the Keystone XL oil pipeline are crucial to providing the energy that the United States needs. The process of hydrofracking is also essential to increasing the United States' energy supply and should be encouraged.

OPPONENTS ARGUE

The United States' reliance on fossil fuels has damaged the environment, and it is crucial to find cleaner alternatives. Projects such as the Keystone XL oil pipeline will only further entrench the country's reliance on dirty energy, while the process of hydrofracking poses danger to local communities. Energy policy in the United States should instead focus on ending the country's reliance on traditional fuel sources. Rather than subsidizing oil companies' efforts to increase supplies, the U.S. government should support green technology that will create jobs and clean sources of energy.