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Friday, October 7, 2011

Good News Friday: U.S. gasoline consumption drops 5 percent

Rusty petro pump
a morgueFile free photo

To be truthful, I never thought I'd see the day, while there was any oil left, but the U.S. is guzzling less gas than it did four years ago. Five percent less, according to Lester R. Brown of the Earth Policy Institute.

Even better, in yesterday's news release, U.S. Gasoline Use Declining: Keystone XL Pipeline Not Needed, Dr. Brown cites four reasons we can expect to see U.S. gasoline use continue to slip. They are:
  1. We're buying fewer cars.
  2. We're driving fewer miles.
  3. We're demanding Congress mandate more fuel-efficient vehicles.
  4. We're demanding and buying more electric cars.
This doesn't mean we're out of the carbon emissions woods by a long shot. Between us, you and I and the rest of the nation are still pumping more gas than the next sixteen gas-slurping countries combined. That's right. We use more gasoline than China, Japan, Russia, Germany, Brazil and eleven more high-use countries, combined.

We Americans have a long way to go before we are doing our fair share to curb emissions, conserve energy, slow other petro-chemical pollution, and just possibly save the planet for future generations.
Still, I'm heartened by this news. And there's a bonus. Dr. Brown believes we can expect further declines as more and more of the populace move to cities, where public transportation is readily available.

Teenagers, for example, no longer need shiny, new pickups--or old farm trucks for that matter--to socialize. Dr. Brown says,
On top of urbanization, we also have a change in the manner in which young people socialize. For teenagers in rural communities a half century ago, getting a driver’s license and something to drive—a car, a pickup, or even a farm truck—was a rite of passage. That’s what everyone did.

This too is changing. Today’s teenagers, most of whom grew up in an urban setting, socialize through smartphones and the Internet. For many of them, a car is of little interest. The number of licensed teenage drivers in this country—the car owners of the future—has dropped from a peak of 12 million in 1978 to 10 million today.
I call that cause for celebration. Homemade ice cream anyone?

We make peace in a million small ways every day.
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kario said...

Homemade ice cream, yes please! And what a refreshing change of pace to hear something like this! It makes me feel like doing my (admittedly small) part is going to help. I love it!

Guyana-Gyal said...

I'd like to see more bicycles being used! But with this heat, wow. Maybe 3-wheel pedalling things with shade? :-)

Guyana-Gyal said...

Word verification for the above was: biponsit

Sharon said...

I'm so glad to read this! We need our hope to be fed - voraciously! Without hope, what and how can we change what must be changed? It is hard to see what our daily efforts amount to in the grand scheme of things, so your post is so helpful and encouraging. Thank you!

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