AUTOLINE ON AUTOBLOG: How to Kick Our (Imported) Oil Habit

September 29th, 2008 at 11:25am

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There’s a lot of talk about making the U.S. energy independent. Or getting off oil altogether. I guess anyone who believes it can easily be done has never taken the time to count how many millions of barrels of oil we import everyday. Damn do we use a lot of oil!

Some say the country is in trouble because we don’t have an energy policy. That’s not true. We do have a policy. It doesn’t have a grandiose name attached to it, but for decades now, with strong bi-partisan support, the U.S. has . . .

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2 Comments to “AUTOLINE ON AUTOBLOG: How to Kick Our (Imported) Oil Habit”

  1. John Says:

    John McElroy, what about CNG?

    I have found the “friction” to CNG adoption, its codename is: “No infrastructure.”

    I just found this article via. Google with the search term “CNG” and selecting “News”.

    “Japanese Honda Suppresses Alt Fuel GX Automobiles as Company Refuses to Sell CNG Cars to Spokane”
    Edwin Black September 29th 2008

    “Now America is witnessing a similar subversion by one of the best and most enlightened car companies in the world, Honda. The carmaker’s code word for this effort to keep alt fuel cars from selling too swiftly is: “No infrastructure.” ”

    The complete article is here:

  2. Tom Martin Says:

    We need to exploit all means of creating and conserving energy.

    Some will be very difficult. For example, we need to stop building 3,000 sq. ft. homes 30 miles from employment centers. People should live within 5 miles of where they work. This will mean increasing residential density in certain areas,discouraging long commutes and large homes, and accepting 1,500 to 2,000 sq. ft. homes.

    We also need to lead in the munufacture of batteries for plug-ins and electrics. If these $10K batteries are built overseas, we will be trading our dependence on foreign oil for a depandence for foreign batteries. In both cases, our economy suffers.