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The transportation sector, our cars and trucks, is the second largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions (electricity is #1) in the United States (U.S.). Today, transportation is the second highest expense for most Americans, behind housing. The U.S. uses 13 million barrels of oil a day (or $1 billion/day) for transportation. To reduce emissions from this sector will require the development and use of cleaner fuels and vehicles, greater fuel efficiency, as well as changes in development and our patterns of travel.


Although the Southeast is heavily dependent on the automobile, this region is also at the forefront of developing much-needed solutions such as electric vehicles and sustainable, advanced biofuels. Expansion of electric vehicles will help cut U.S. oil use, reduce greenhouse gases, lower consumer costs and build a strong, clean energy economy.

Advanced biofuels from switchgrass and other crops and biodiesel can also help displace petroleum oil use in the U.S. However, the types of feedstocks that are used, the method of harvesting and the associated greenhouse gas reduction benefits vary.


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