Last year the U.S. spent more than $450 billion on foreign oil. That’s enough to pay off almost 40% of our national debt to China. And as 2012 rolls on, we’re set to repeat this unfortunate pattern. Every day millions of Americans (not me!) fill their cars with gasoline and by doing so effectively ship money abroad.
In response, Chesapeake Energy Corporation has launched a campaign to allow everyday folks like you and I to declare our energy independence, to stand up and say, “This is not okay.” Click here to get involved, have your voice heard and be added the growing list of Americans who prefer American energy to OPEC oil.
Energy independence isn’t something that will happen overnight. Although filling up with natural gas is very similar to filling up with gasoline, freeing ourselves from the 38-year stranglehold OPEC has on us will take a serious shift in consumer behavior. As our growing community here is testament to, progress is being made. Drivers everywhere are coming in droves and demanding CNG options. Likewise fleets and local governments are crunching the numbers and seeing that CNG is the logical choice. The City of Los Angeles, AT&T, UPS and Waste Management are just some who have made the switch.
Natural gas-powered vehicles are playing an increasingly important role as our nation strives for energy independence. As a driver or just as someone who hopes to one day have their vehicle powered by natural gas, your support is paramount. Our biggest barrier is a lack of knowledge. Your advocacy – your involvement in this community – is bridging that gap. Keep up the good work!
As Independence Day approaches, it’s an appropriate time for all of us to reflect on what we are doing to make a difference in our country. Start by declaring your energy independence, but don’t let this week pass by without telling a friend about the freedom that comes with driving a natural gas vehicle.
Check out the video below to see why it’s time we take matters into our own hands.
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