U.S. Vulnerability to an Oil Import Curtailment: The Oil Replacement Capability Page: III
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This report responds to a request by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
for an analysis of the U.S. oil replacement capability in the event of an oil supply shortfall
of indefinite duration. The assessment complements several other OTA reports related
to energy efficiency and oil replacement: Residential/Energy Conservation, Energy Ef-
ficiency of Buildings in Cities, Industrial Energy Use, Increased Automobile Fuel Effi-
ciency and Synthetic Fuels: Alternatives for Reducing Oil Imports, and Energy From
The report analyzes energy supply and demand technologies which can replace
large amounts of oil within 5 years after the onset of a major oil supply shortfall, occur-
ring within the next few years and accompanied by a large and enduring increase in
oil prices. Emphasis is placed on those technologies that are commercially available
now or are likely to be commercial by 1985, and, within this group, attention is given
to the least cost alternatives to oil. In addition, the report analyzes the macroeconomic
effects of an oil shortfall and how these effects could be influenced by different rates
of investment in the oil replacement technologies.
In the course of this assessment, OTA drew on the experience of many organiza-
tions and individuals. In particular, we appreciate the generous assistance of our ad-
visory panel as well as the efforts of the project's consultants and contractors. We would
also like to acknowledge the help of the numerous reviewers who gave their time to
ensure the accuracy and comprehensiveness of this report. To all the above goes the
gratitude of OTA, and the personal thanks of the project staff. It should be understood,
however, that OTA assumes full responsibility for this report, which does not necessarily
represent the views of individual members of the advisory panel.
JOHN H. GIBBONS
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United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment. U.S. Vulnerability to an Oil Import Curtailment: The Oil Replacement Capability, report, September 1984; [Washington D.C.]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39560/m1/3/: accessed November 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.