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Gas usage in America The gas consumption of Americans is excessive and causing serious problems in our nation The American people are unconsciously using their vehicles a lot more while the population is staying the same The US is becoming more and more dependent on foreign countries for their oil and paying extremely high amounts of money for it The pollution in the air caused by increased usage of vehicles is creating major health problems in the US such as asthma If we dont decrease the amount of gas usage in America then problems are going to increase more and more each decade Since 1970 the US vehicle usage has increased 149 while the population has only gone up 39 60 of US families own two or more vehicles and 19 have more than three vehicles On average families in the US have about three kids making it unnecessary for a family of that size to have three vehicles The 2000 census showed that 5 of the workers in the US use public transportation and only 3 telecommute One thing the government could do to increase the amount of people telecommuting would be to make high speed internet both accessible and cheaper and for public transportation they could ask small businesses for certain ideas The US is extremely dependent on other countries for their oil which creates major problems if those countries want to raise their oil prices The US imports over 50 of the nations oil and about half of that comes from the Middle East The US is already paying 30 billion a year just to defend Middle Eastern oil resources and if these percentages continue to increase the US will be paying at least 45 billion a year which could be very bad for the US economy Vehicles cause one-third of the pollution in air which is causing health problems such as respiratory problems asthma lung problems and many more
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