Friday, April 07, 2006

How to Reduce Foreign Oil Dependency

A report by Professor Daniel M Kammen and the U.C. Berkeley Renewable and Apporpriate Energy Laboratory claims that the U.S. could reduce oil imports by more than 30% by 2025.

The report urges increased fuel economy standards, the use of biofuels, a push to develope plug in hybrid vehicles, and a general expansion of the use of hybrids.

The transportation sector accounts for over 70% of U.S. oil use so this is the obvious area that we must concentrate on.

The plan is hopeful, but I think that a comprehensive energy efficiency program would have to include a move away from the car-centered suburb toward the development of more walkable neigborhoods with mixed use areas that would provide many of the residents' needs.

5 Comments:

At 10:31 PM, Blogger GreenGOP.org said...

I touch on this in my blog www.greengop.org. Brazil will import zero oil at the end of this year. Please add me as a link to your blog.

 
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At 11:34 AM, Blogger ecovoice said...

Unfortunate but true that it takes something really hitting us in the wallet to wake us up to larger global problems. Maybe now we will put some serious research into alternative fuels, and we as consumers will demand them with a louder voice. My concern with biofuels is that I've heard that they consume as much or more in petrochemicals (fertilizers) to produce than they save in the long run.
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At 4:17 PM, Blogger Craig said...

Many say we will see $3.50/gal this summer. If you factor in Iran, who knows how high it could go. Everyone knows America MUST get off the oil. After September 11, 2001 I expected our President to call on Americans to GET OFF THE OIL. I was expecting a speech like the one JFK gave that motivated us to reach for the moon. As you know, this never happened. Eventually I realized that the only way this is going to happen is for us to do it ourselves. To that end I created this idea and have been trying to make it a reality..

The EPA is offering a research grant opportunity that I believe is a perfect fit for this idea. I have sent an e-mail to a hand picked list of university professors who have experience with government research projects. I’m looking to form a research team to apply for the EPA grant, conduct a social-economic experiment and surveys to determine to what extent the American public will support it, project the economic potential of WPH, and identify logistical, social and political obstacles as well as opportunities.

All government grants are awarded based on merit of the proposed research. I believe WPH has merit but your help is needed to verify it. You can help by posting your feedback. Let the professors and the EPA know what you think about WPH. Do you think this idea is worth pursuing? We need to know if Americans will support a plan like this.

Do you have any ideas to improve the plan?

Share any and all of your thoughts.

Tell your friends and family about this Blog post and ask them to post their thoughts on WPH

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Thank you

Craig

 
At 9:16 PM, Blogger Douglas A. Willinger said...

What about goods? (trucks?)

 

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