TRANSPORTATION OF ENERGY MATERIALS. SUMMARY

Several themes have emerged from this conference. One is the great overlap between energy policy and transportation policy. Transportation, of course, requires energy; but, at some time, energy is freight transportation's major commodity. Therefore, policy decisions concerning energy will have considerable impact on transportation and vice versa. Another theme is that the energy problem is actually four problems. One, the adverse effect of energy no longer being cheap on the economy. The second is dependence on foreign sources and the resultant vulnerability. The third is the depletion of domestic oil and gas supplies, and the fourth is the problem of social costs (e.g. environment and safety costs). The situation is complicated by the fact that anything done to solve any of the problems will make the other worse. However, drastic imbalances may be avoided if energy and transportation are no longer thought of as separate areas and both the energy and transportation consequences of a given discussion are taken into account.

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  • Accession Number: 00315319
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 19 1981 12:00AM