This From the "Too Little, Too Late" Department

You’ve got to admire these essentially brainless politicians for being so remarkably and densely persistent. Oil production is consistently decreasing year over year, but they know how to resolve the issue: lower the speed limit, again !!!

I’ve withdrawn my support for any of these morons a long time ago. When one of them begins to talk seriously and meaningfully about sustainability, perhaps I will listen. In the meanwhile, good luck in the ensuing chaos.

Richard Jehn / The Rag Blog

Should There Be a National Speed Limit?
By H. Josef Hebert / July 3, 2008

WASHINGTON – An influential Republican senator suggested Thursday that Congress might want to consider reimposing a national speed limit to save gasoline and possibly ease fuel prices.

Sen. John Warner, R-Va., asked Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman to look into what speed limit would provide optimum gasoline efficiency given current technology. He said he wants to know if the administration might support efforts in Congress to require a lower speed limit.

Congress in 1974 set a national 55 mph speed limit because of energy shortages caused by the Arab oil embargo. The speed limit was repealed in 1995 when crude oil dipped to $17 a barrel and gasoline cost $1.10 a gallon.

As motorists headed on trips for this Fourth of July weekend, gasoline averaged $4.10 a gallon nationwide with oil hovering around $145 a barrel.

Warner cited studies that showed the 55 mph speed limit saved 167,000 barrels of oil a day, or 2 percent of the country’s highway fuel consumption, while avoiding up to 4,000 traffic deaths a year.

“Given the significant increase in the number of vehicles on America’s highway system from 1974 to 2008, one could assume that the amount of fuel that could be conserved today is far greater,” Warner wrote Bodman.

Warner asked the department to determine at what speeds vehicles would be most fuel efficient, how much fuel savings would be achieved, and whether it would be reasonable to assume there would be a reduction in prices at the pump if the speed limit were lowered.

Energy Department spokeswoman Angela Hill said the department will review Warner’s letter but added, “If Congress is serious about addressing gasoline prices, they must take action on expanding domestic oil and natural gas production.”

The department’s Web site says that fuel efficiency decreases rapidly when traveling faster than 60 mph. Every additional 5 mph over that threshold is estimated to cost motorists “essentially an additional 30 cents per gallon in fuel costs,” Warner said in his letter, citing the DOE data.

Source. / America On Line

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1 Response to This From the "Too Little, Too Late" Department

  1. Glycotech says:

    so what do you have to say about sustainability, richard??
    what do we need to do?
    surely increasing gasoline efficiency could be a part of the answer.
    in austin, where the population is expected to double, and other cities, surely sustainability will mean planning cities that are walkable and bikable.
    i believe we have the technology to build a sustainable world, but many want to do “research” and delay the inevitable lifestyle changes.

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