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If every car in the United States had a BLADE on it…
  • The US would reduce its annual fuel consumption by 9 billion gallons.

To illustrate the significance of this number, let's put it in the context of two well known—and highly controversial—national assets: The Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

The United States Strategic Petroleum Reserve: is the largest emergency supply of petroleum in the world, with a current capac-ity to hold up to 727 million barrels.


If all of the petroleum in the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve were converted into gasoline, it would yield approximately 9,303,786,784 gallons. Put into context, this means:

 

The amount of gasoline that would be saved annually if every car in the US had a BLADE on it would be 96.73% of the amount of gasoline contained in the nation’s strategic emergency reserve

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR): ANWR is a wildlife refuge in Northern Alaska consisting of approximately 19 million acres. ANWR is an oil rich area, with a mean estimate of 10.4 billion barrels of medium grade crude.

If the entirety of ANWR's oil reserves were tapped and processed into gasoline, it would yield approximately 150,150,000,000 gallons.

Drilling ANWR is a highly controversial political issue. Opponents of drilling in ANWR argue that "Even if we decided to go ahead and drill ANWR, it would take 10-years to start yielding oil.”

If every car in the US had a BLADE on it, the amount of gasoline saved during that 10-year period would equal 62% of the entire estimated yield that ANWR would produce over its life when fully exploited!