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Political and Environmental Effects of OilEvery second of everyday the people of America go about their day not realizing the effects oil has on our countries political and environmental stability Oil is a sensitive political issue and harsh on the environment When a crisis hits the US or when conflict arises we are always in a bind because of our dependency on other countries for oil It raises our prices and with a sinking economy the citizens cannot handle high prices Oil may not have been the main reason for our military action against Iraq but the Middle East has the majority of the worlds oil If the politics of that area were reorganized and we had not taken military action Saddam Hussein could have cut off his supply of oil to our country shooting our prices to outrageous heights If we could lessen our dependency on oil our country would be better off In doing so it would prevent any further political conflict and any negative environmental effects that are caused by oilOil causes serious political conflict between America and countries that are major oil exporters The main suppliers of our oil are from the Middle East Our dependency on foreign oil gives these countries power and they hold that power over our heads These countries have the power to raise and lower our prices by simply disturbing the relationship between their nation and ours In addition because these countries are not always ready to give us the oil we need we must conserve our oil In our reserves alone we only have enough oil to cover the supply coming from Iraq for 6 months We simply do not have enough oil to survive on our own We need to save what we have in case of an extreme emergency Oil and oil consumption causes a lot of problems for America and our environment Cars and factories put off many poisonous gasses into our
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