Does the United States rely on foreign resources?  

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The United States does rely on foreign resources to maintain our current standard of living. The biggest category of imports into the United States, in terms of dollars, is crude oil. We rely on oil produced in other countries to meet our demand for fuel for our cars, as well...

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The United States does rely on foreign resources to maintain our current standard of living. The biggest category of imports into the United States, in terms of dollars, is crude oil. We rely on oil produced in other countries to meet our demand for fuel for our cars, as well as petroleum, which we use in other products. Interestingly, the United States also processes some of the oil that we import or drill here and exports it to other countries as fuel and other petroleum-based products.

Other products that the United States imports heavily include cell phones and computers, automobiles, and medicines. While cars, cell phones and computers may not be necessary for our survival, our standard of living would certainly change if we were not importing these items from overseas. These are the categories of imports with the largest dollar values, but other products, including food, are also frequently imported. The grocery store shelves would also look fairly different if we could not rely on other countries to produce and send those goods.

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In today's globalized economy, all countries rely on foreign resources. These include not just physical raw materials, but also manufactured products, services, and knowledge.

For example, the United States currently imports 20 percent of its food supply. That overall figure breaks down, though, to importing 75 percent of seafood and 35 percent of fresh produce. Often supplies are seasonally adjusted; for example, imports contribute to the ability to eat healthy fresh foods in winter. On the other hand, the United States is a net exporter of corn and soy beans.

In petroleum products, the United States is a net importer, with about 25 percent of supplies imported. However, quite importantly, with the advent of fracking, it has become a "swing producer," producing more when global prices are high (and thus reducing imports) and importing more more prices are low.

In many consumer goods, such as clothing and electronics, the United States is a net importer from lower-wage and more efficient countries that can produce goods at lower prices. An end to imports would mean large rises in consumer prices.

Many key materials such as rare earths and natural industrial diamonds are not normally found in the United States, and thus the United States relies on them.

Many companies outsource services abroad and would require massive restructuring to bring such jobs back; even worse, the higher costs of U.S. labor would result in collapse of many firms under such a scenario.

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The biggest foreign resource we rely on is capital. We borrow heavily from other countries. We also rely on imported foods and goods from all over the world. The most important of these imports is crude oil, of course. We rely heavily on it and produce little of our own.
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Very much so, and while oil is the most obvious resource we depend on, we also get large amounts of other resources like selenium, aluminum, gold and molybdenum from other countries.  These are essential to manufacturing sectors of the economy, especially the high tech and military weapons industries.  If all imports of these ended tomorrow, our economy would also suffer greatly, and the US goes to great lengths to secure them.

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I guess this depends on what you mean by "rely."  We certainly have resources of our own, but our economy would be in grave trouble if that were all that we had.

The most obvious resource that we have to get from other countries is oil.  Of course, we have some of our own oil (some of which is spilling into the Gulf of Mexico as we speak).  But our own oil is not really enough to satisfy all our needs and we have to import a lot of oil.

We could survive as a country without foreign resources, but we would be a lot poorer.

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