Greater use of advanced cars would reduce gasoline consumption in the United States and increase national security, according to the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association.GREENFIELD, Massachusetts, US, 2002-01-16 [SolarAccess.com] “If everyone today chose to drive one of the advanced vehicles on the market, the U.S. could cut its use of oil in half,” explains executive director Warren Leon. “These new vehicles can make us a stronger, more self-sufficient country. The choice is in the hands of the consumer.” In May, NSEA will organize the ‘Tour de Sol: The Great American Green Transportation Festival’ that will hold six free festivals in the U.S. northeast to promote green electricity options and to demonstrate 50 advanced vehicles, ranging from one-person scooters through buses. “Although President Bush has made reduced dependence on foreign oil a national priority, few people know that the U.S. owns only three percent of the known oil reserves,” says Tour de Sol director Nancy Hazard. “This means we will never be able to supply all our own oil, and this threatens our economic and national security.” “One of the most patriotic things we can do is reduce the amount of gasoline we use to get around and, as a bonus, we will save money and emit fewer greenhouse gases.” Tour de Sol festivals will be held during National Transportation Week, May 12 to 18, in Washington, Philadelphia, Trenton, New York City and Annapolis. The U.S. Department of Energy is the major sponsor of the event.