Oil Independence

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Unformatted text preview: n "could save 10 percent of our fuel burn — 1 million barrels of jet fuel a year." At $3 per gallon, that's a chunk of change. But aviation consultant Mike Boyd, president of Evergreen-based Boyd International, isn't sold. He referred to the NextGen program as "a rudderless vapor hole sucking up tax dollars." Boyd questions the FAA's progress on NextGen, pointing to flight delays that are relatively unchanged over the past three years despite money being spent on the modernization. 28 Oil DDW 2012 1 29 Last printed 9/4/2009 7:00:00 PM Oil DDW 2012 1 Link – HSR 30 Oil DDW 2012 1 High speed rail is critical to transition to a post-oil world that trades-off with emitting modes Perl, Director, Urban Studies Program, Simon Fraser University, 10 Anthony Perl, Director, Urban Studies Program, Simon Fraser University, 6-11-10, [“Reducing U.S. Oil Consumption,” Council on Foreign Relations, http://www.cfr.org/energyenvironment/reducing-us-oil-consumption/p22413] E. Liu America's biggest oil spill has shown us the dark side of pushing the search for oil beyond the frontier of our experience. Going forward, we face a crucial choice that will have profound consequences for America's future. We can either reinvent our energy infrastructure to obtain extreme oil more safely or we can reposition our society to use much less of it. Both options will cost more than Americans have grown accustomed to paying for energy, but the end of cheap oil is inevitable. A key difference between redesigning our transportation system to enable post-carbon mobility and introducing infrastructure to bring us more extreme oil--like the Gulf of Mexico's deepwater reserves--can be found in the state of technology. Moving people and freight without oil can be done with mature technology. Conversely, the technology to safely produce extreme oil on a large scale remains to be perfected, as events in the Gulf have made obvious. High-speed trains have revolutionized the way that people move between cities hundreds of miles apart. These trains are powered by electricity--the ideal medium to facilitate a transition away from oil because it can blend energy sources and thus shift from non-renewable carbon based fuels like coal and natural gas to renewable sources like solar, wind, and water as soon as the infrastructure to generate them can be built. These trains are powered by electricity--the ideal medium to facilitate a transition away from oil because it can blend energy sources, and thus shift from non-renewable carbon-based fuels. In "Transport Revolutions," Richard Gilbert and I illustrated one scenario whereby the United States could reduce oil-powered transportation by 40 percent between 2010 and 2025 while obtaining roughly the same levels of ton-miles in freight transportation and passenger-miles in local and intercity travel. Around half of today's car travel would shift to electric propulsion, mostly aboard local buses and trains, while about one-third of domestic flying would be substituted by electric trains, mostly running at 125 miles per hour or faster. Electric cars also would play a modest, but growing role in providing local mobility. Similar shifts would occur in freight transportation...
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