Less than half the crude oil used by refineries is produced in the United States, while 60 percent comes from foreign nations, Bush said during the first stop on a two-day trip to talk about energy.
People don't realize how energy hungry our society is. Yes, our vehicles consume a large percentage of that but everything not done by human hands (and even that comes with an external energy cost, ie producing food) requires energy. Not only energy but chemicals.
A large number of chemicals used to make our lives what they are, are derived from petroleum.
None the less. I am more confident we can wean ourselves off of the petroleum habit than many Middle Eastern nations can wean themselves off of petroleum dollars (or petroleum euros).
President Bush was at a battery plant that produces batteries for hybrid cars. I'm very doubtful of hybrid cars.