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Accession Number ADA589915
Title Policy in Conflict: The Struggle Between Environmental Policy and Homeland Security Goals.
Publication Date Sep 2013
Media Count 131p
Personal Author D. R. Cowden
Abstract Since the 1970s, every American president and many Congressional leaders have called for national energy independence as a top policy priority. Among many reasons the United States (U.S.) has been unable to deliver on this goal over four decades are certain environmental policies that may tend to inhibit efficiency in fuel consumption of vehicles. This study examines the unintended consequences of certain environmental policies for American homeland security. The analyses suggest that some environmental policies may have a deleterious effect on the ability of the United States to achieve a level of energy efficiency in the transportation sector that could contribute to achieving national energy security. This study suggests ways to achieve a level of sustainable energy security by reducing consumption in the most important petroleum consuming sector, that of automobile transportation. Some U.S. oil dollars may be directly supporting terrorist organizations or, at a minimum, go toward supporting the spread of radical Islamic Salafism that is inimical to U.S. and Western interests. This inquiry examines evidence to show that America s continuing dependence on other foreign oil, especially oil from the Middle East, is perilous to homeland security and compels limits to U.S. freedom of action in foreign affairs.
Keywords Conflict
Energy security
Environmental policy vs. homeland security goals
Homeland security
Petrodollars supporting islamic radicalization and terrorism
Petroleum products
Policy conflicts

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92 - Behavior & Society
97 - Energy
43F - Environment
Corporate Author Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1409
Contract Number N/A

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