Everyone wants vehicles made in America, so why not fuels too?

Seriously, if we made all our fuel in America we could create not just thousands, but potentially millions of jobs. What gives?

People on both the right and the left are demanding that automakers to bring jobs back to America. It was big news when Ford announced it would open a new manufacturing plant in Michigan. Then Fiat Chrysler Automobiles one-upped them and announced it would be opening two plants, one in Michigan, and one in Ohio.

The two companies have committed to creating a combined 2,700 jobs, which is great news for everyone, especially to those new hires and their families. But let’s keep the total number in perspective. If we produced all — or even most — of our transportation fuel here in America, we could create many times that 2,700. Let’s break down how:

Fact: We import 9 to 10 million barrels of oil… Every. Single. Day.


Putting aside all the dangers associated with being dependent on foreign oil that’s a huge amount of money leaving our economy every day. Right now, oil is trading at $55 a barrel or so, meaning our economy is losing more than $500 million each day, and that’s only going to get worse as oil prices start to rise again. If oil returns $100 a barrel again — where it was as recently as Sept. 8th, 2014 — we’d be losing more than a billion dollars a day.

Beyond the lost cash, what we’re really losing are jobs. Lots and lots of jobs. Think of all the high-paying positions that could be created producing the equivalent of 9 to 10 billion barrels of oil. Right now, the ethanol industry supports 357,407 jobs, and that sector only contributes to approximately 10 percent of our fuel supply. If could displace our foreign oil imports with ethanol, we’d be talking about creating millions of jobs right here in America. We’d be creating positions for farm managers and equipment operators. For industrial engineers and manufacturers. For truck drivers and construction workers.

But ethanol doesn’t (and shouldn’t) have to bear the burden alone. Displacing foreign oil imports with U.S. sourced natural gas derived fuels such as compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), and high-octane alcohol fuels would also fuel significant job growth in the U.S. natural gas industry and lead to an expansion of infrastructure, from blending to distribution to retail. The same goes for the electric vehicle charging infrastructure and electricity generation.

The point is, we have all the resources we need right here in America to produce all the fuel for our cars, trucks, and SUVs.


And doing so would create an unprecedented jobs boom that our country sorely needs.


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  1. Mario
    Mario says:

    None of what “you” (your foundation) is saying addresses the fact that the earth human civilization is in a death spiral, based in large part on the burning of fossil fuels. Yes, this is insanity. The indistinguishable difference between fuel, money, and economic control, because it is all in the same few hands has left us all on the path to self destruction. This is a living planet and the amazing stupidity involved in chasing after a single-minded idea about energy, that says “burning” is the only way to have it, is frankly killing our biosphere. Fossil fuels are all about toxicity, extraction, transport, and consumption. We are now 7 billion strong and staying stupid about “energy” is no longer an option. The underlying principles in physics have been known for a very long time, and withheld for over 100 years, and it is about control and economic power, not about what is possible. The technologies for extracting power do not need to be invented, they just need to be implemented.

    Beside the human condition, of a few wanting to control the many, which seems to be the reason we are willing, as a species, to continue poisoning our biosphere, there is another factor at play. Extracting our “energy” from the fabric of the universe can involve the possibility of “weaponizing” the methodologies. This may be THE reason, we just aren’t there yet. Yes, if we do not shift our awareness/consciousness to understand our true and limitless potential, and move towards a peaceful existence and posture towards ourselves (and the universe) we are doomed. But this is the path that we are on, the quest for “Fuel Freedom” is a preposterous goal and enterprise. Are we just dogs eating dogs? Is that what makes your foundation and humanity so blind? It sure looks like it.

    So the point of “Energy Independence” means no fuel, not just poisoning ourselves without importing it. As a race or a species we cannot “burn” our way anywhere accept the path of self annihilation. Fuel, “burning”, is itself the greatest challenge facing us all, and we are all in this together. Do we aim to continue, for more than this present generation? Been paying attention to all the extinctions? Do you honestly think you can continue poisoning your life support system, without poisoning yourself? If you love life, (does something else matter?) you will then understand what I am saying, pretty much “evolve or die”.

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