CBO: Increasing domestic oil doesn’t help energy security much
2012 Ford Focus: The all-new 2012 Ford Focus - pictured here against the Southern California backdrop of the all-media drive - raises the C-segment bar for style, technology, driving dynamics and fuel economy. (1/25/2011)
Nissan Leaf: 99 mpg combined, 106 city mpg, 92 higway mpg
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Chevrolet Volt: 60 mpg combined, 58 city mpg, 62 higway mpg
Toyota Prius: 50 mpg combined, 51 city mpg, 48 higway mpg
Toyota Prius V: 42 mpg combined, 44 city mpg, 40 higway mpg
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Honda CR-Z automatic/hybrid: 37 mpg combined, 35 city mpg, 39 higway mpg
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Honda Civic Hybrid: 44 mpg combined, 44 city mpg, 44 higway mpg
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Volkswagen Passat: 35 mpg combined, 31 city mpg, 43 higway mpg
Fiat 500: 33 mpg combined, 30 city mpg, 38 higway mpg
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Ford Escape Hybrid: 32 mpg combined, 34 city mpg, 31 higway mpg
Audi A3: 34 mpg combined, 30 city mpg, 42 higway mpg
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Hyundai Sonata: 28 mpg combined, 24 city mpg, 35 higway mpg
Volkswagen Jetta: 34 mpg combined, 30 city mpg, 42 higway mpg
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Volkswagen Golf: 34 mpg combined, 30 city mpg, 42 higway mpg
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Chevrolet Sonic Z: 33 mpg combined, 29 city mpg, 40 higway mpg
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Ford Fiesta: 33 mpg combined, 29 city mpg, 40 higway mpg
Scion iQ: 37 mpg combined, 36 city mpg, 37 higway mpg
Toyota Tacoma 2WD: 22 mpg combined, 21 city mpg, 25 higway mpg
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Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: 26 mpg combined, 24 city mpg, 31 higway mpg
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Bugatti Veyron won't make any list for the top fuel economy cars. This luxury car gets 10 combined mile per gallon.
Bentley Continental GTC has terrible fuel economy too. It gets 14 combined miles per gallon.
Aston Martin DBS also doesn't come close to the Toyota Prius or the Nissan Leaf. The Aston Martin DBS gets 13 combined miles per gallon.
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Aston Martin DB9 is a gas guzzler. It gets 13 combined miles per gallon.
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Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB gets a mere 14 combined miles per gallon.
Increasing domestic production of oil won’t significantly boost energy security in the United States, according to a report by the Congressional Budget Office.
The CBO advocated policies that reduce demand for oil, such as promoting more fuel-efficient and alternative-fuel vehicles.
“Policies that promoted greater production of oil in the United States would probably not protect U.S. consumers from sudden worldwide increase in oil prices, even if increased production lowered the world price of oil on an ongoing basis,” the report noted. “In fact, such lower prices would encourage greater use of oil, thus making consumers more vulnerable to increases in oil prices.”
The report, released Wednesday, assessed the nation’s ability to withstand disruptions to its energy supply.
The United States is more susceptible to disruptions in the crude oil than other types of energy, because the nation relies heavily on crude oil for transportation. Also, the U.S. maintains a larger stock of natural gas and coal than it does for oil, the report noted.
Further, the lack of fuel diversity for transportation makes U.S. transportation system highly susceptible to the oil market. By comparison, the nation’s electric power is generated from a portfolio of sources, including coal, natural gas and renewables.
“The United States has no alternatives that can be readily substituted in large quantities for oil in providing fuel for transportation,” the CBO noted. “Consumers have less flexibility in the near term in how they use transportation.”
The CBO also produced an inforgraphic to visualize the results of its report.