Why We Engage

Why We Engage

Why We Engage Energy Policy AJC Goes Green Resources


Each year, the U.S. spends $600 billion per year on oil

Our oil addiction:
  • halts progress towards democracy and human rights in oil-rich nations and empowers undemocratic regimes to isolate the U.S. and Israel in the international community
  • undermines our national security by sending billions to support hostile regimes such as Iran, posing a strategic threat to the United States
  • adds to greenhouse-gas emissions that contribute to climate change and environmental damage
  • leaves the economy vulnerable to fluctuations in oil prices and supply.
Key Facts:
  • Almost 60 percent of U.S. crude oil and petroleum products are imported.
  • Most of the world's oil reserves are concentrated in the Middle East, and about two-thirds are controlled by OPEC members.
  • Oil is the largest contributor to U.S. CO2 emissions, comprising 42% of total emissions.
  • Oil price shocks and price manipulation by OPEC have cost the U.S. economy about $1.9 trillion from 2004 to 2008-and each major shock was followed by a recession.


For more information:
AJC Board of Governor's Statement on Energy

Contact Us:

Richard Foltin
Director, National and Legislative Affairs
foltinr@ajc.org

Michelle Rood
Legislative Assistant
roodm@ajc.org

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