Monday, January 26, 2009

Solving Energy Problems With Conservation


Many suggestions are circulating on ways to save gasoline through conservation. Some people have had the nerve to actually favor ideas like Detroit Democrat Dingle's fifty cents excise tax on every gallon of gasoline. That surprises me but I guess that it makes more sense to some than to others. If you talk to a construction worker driving a work truck loaded with equipment who has to get 14 MPG with that rig or else be out on the street then he would certainly be hurt greatly by such a surcharge or excise tax.
What we all can find common ground on is we can't just keep on going as we have been. Oil was trading Tuesday at an astronomical $108 a barrel after earlier surpassing $109.
The national average for a gallon of gas is now at $3.24 and in California it is $3.58 per gallon! .
Not one new refinery has been built in America since the 1970s, so we can't do much about the supply side of the equation. What we can control is demand, and we can do that via greater fuel efficiency, conservation and increased transit alternatives.
Here are a few suggestions.
Mileage standards: The biggest broad stroke solution that we can effect as a country to loosen the chains that have us bound to Big Oil would be to substantially boost the minimum required mileage for new vehicles. The last increase was four years ago and it set the bar that new cars were required to get an average of 27.5 mpg and light trucks including SUVs 20.7 mpg.
Towards the end of 2007, Congress enacted the first major overhaul of so-called corporate average fuel economy, or CAFE, standards in more than 30 years. Automakers will now be required to raise average mileage for both cars and light trucks to 35 mpg by 2020.
That's good, but not nearly good enough. I say it should be set at fifty miles per gallon and no lower by 2020.
Sure, automakers will whine that this is an unreasonable goal or that it would make their products too expensive for most consumers, but that's bull. The Union of Concerned Scientists tells us that with the existing technology, cars would be raised up to 40 MPG minimum without have any significant impact on prices. And, besides, thee and me both know that they have those computer sensors on cars made after 1995 rigged so that cars can only get so much MPG. They just need to unhack them!
More than likely the Japanese and South Koreans are all set and ready to meet whatever requirements that we set for them.
Lower speed limits: It is a known fact that above the mid 50s MPH, the consumption of gas rises dramatically. That's just waste.
Telecommuting: To get people off the roads in L.A. and elsewhere and thus ease the pain of runaway gas prices, businesses should be given tax breaks for encouraging and enabling employees to work from home.
As spread out and sprawling as Los Angeles is, for example, any business that opens offices in different parts of the city should be given tax breaks. This would lessen congestion and waste of fuel and also help the commercial real estate market
So these are just a few ideas out of many. No shortage of ideas exists, this is for sure. Some of them national, some of them local. Some of the ideas are brilliant, some of them ware workable and some of them uh... neeed more work!
So what do you do if you want to lower your gas usage?
Here is the best that I know of...
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