National Geographic : 1989 Mar
1MPtRTD OIL nWENGTHENSI OUR TI£S TO THE MIDDL T. Last year, almost 40 percent of all the oil we used came from foreign countries. Much of that from the unstable Middle East. And this dependence on foreign oil is growing. The more we use nuclear energy, instead of imported oil, to generate electricity, the less we have to depend on foreign nations. The 110 nuclear electric plants in the U.S. have cut our foreign oil dependence by over three billion barrels since the first Arab oil embargo. And they have cut foreign oil payments by over 100 billion dollars. But 110 nuclear plants will not be enough to meet our growing electricity demand. More plants are needed. If we are going to keep our energy future in our own hands, we need to rely more on energy sources we can count on, like nuclear energy. For a free booklet on nuclear energy, write to the U.S. Council for Energy Awareness, P.O. Box 66103, Dept. AY04, Washington, D.C. 20035. U.S. COUNCIL FOR ENERGY AWARENESS Nuclear energy means more energy independence.