ContributorNetwork - Reducing our dependence on foreign oil is the focus of heated debates in the political arena. All agree on the goal, but strategies for achieving it vary from "drill, baby, drill" to switching over to renewable energy sources for both large scale generation of electricity and for powering motor vehicles. At the same time, the U.S. Energy Information Administration says that, as of 2006, 4.6 percent of total U.S. petroleum consumption was used to make plastics, more than 99 percent of that was used as feedstock or the stuff from which plastic was made rather than as fuel consumed to power the process of plastic creation.

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