The U.S. transportation sector is 97 percent reliant on oil, 60 percent of which is imported. By 2030, with demand continuing to grow, the nation will import nearly four million more barrels of petroleum per day. This leaves the nation vulnerable to supply interruptions, which can lead to price fluctuations, economic instability, increased greenhouse gas emissions and hardship for consumers.
States are taking important steps to further expand the alternative and renewable fuel supply, distribution network and vehicle market. They are positioned to drive even more change by taking actions like: instituting clean fuel programs, such as renewable fuel standards; and bolstering research institutions to encourage the use and production of alternative fuels and vehicle technologies.