Energy security is national security. Because the fate of the economy is so closely tied to oil, the United States is forced to expend tremendous resources to secure the world’s oil supply. Oil dependence frequently affects policy priorities and objectives overseas. It can empower foreign actors, many of whom do not share our values or interests, with leverage over the United States.
The key to eliminating dependence on oil is through the transportation sector, which accounts for more than 70 percent of our oil consumption and is 92 percent reliant on petroleum fuels. An electrified transportation system is powered by a wide variety of domestic sources: natural gas, nuclear, coal, hydroelectric, wind, solar, and geothermal. Additionally, electricity rates are low and stable, insulating consumers and commercial or public fleets from volatile oil markets. The Electrification Coalition is SAFE’s on-the-ground partner in designing, advocating and enacting policies and programs that facilitate the electrification of the U.S. vehicle fleet on a mass scale.
Our world is becoming increasingly technology-driven, and no sector is experiencing this shift to an electrified, digitized future more than the transportation sector. As a result, it is becoming more important than ever before for our electric grid to be resilient, reliable and secure.