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How do you propose we get another resource if the United States petroleum was limited?
What could we use as a substitute resource?

If the Unites States oil supply is cut off by a war in the Middle East (like in the early 1990's) or by price hikes by oil-producing countries (like in the early 1970's) the first thing we would do is look for another supplier, such as Russia, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, etc. If we cannot find another supplier, we might look for more oil in the United States, like Alaska or off the coast of California, but that can cause too much environmental damage. A third alternative would be to substitute other fuels, such as natural gas or ethanol ("gasohol"). Solar, wind, hydroelectric and geothermal are other possible substitutes, as are coal and nuclear fission, but these last two also cause pollution problems. The fourth way I can think of to respond to an oil shortage is just to get by without it: insulate your home, turn your thermostat down, turn lights off when you are not using them, take the bus, ride a bike or walk to get where you need to go.


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