Brazil "just walked around the blend wall," Coleman said.
The goal for the United States shouldn't be to completely displace oil, experts said, but to encourage a greater mix of fuel sources.
"The point here is not to get totally off petroleum, it's to loosen up the market," Bramble said.
"If we had started with electrification via solar and wind with just a tiny but steady support 40 years ago," as Brazil did, she added, "we would be there by now, we would have independence by now."
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