EFFECT OF A SUDDEN FUEL SHORTAGE ON FREIGHT TRANSPORT IN THE UNITED STATES: AN OVERVIEW
A survey was made of the potential effects of a sudden reduction of fuel supplies on freight transport via truck, rail, water and pipeline. After a brief discussion of the energy characteristics of each of these modes of transport, short-term strategies for making better use of fuel in a crisis are investigated. Short-term is taken to mean something on the order of six months, and a crisis is taken to be the result of something on the order of a 20% drop in available fuel. Although no succinct or well-established conclusions are drawn, the gist of the paper is that the potential for short-term conservation, without a serious disruption of service, exists but does not appear to be large. It is remarked that it is possible, through further study, to obtain a fairly accurate reckoning of the physical ability of the freight transport network to weather a fuel crisis, but that it is impossible to say in advance what freight carriers will in fact do with the network.
- From National Energy Uses Conference for Transportation; San Antonio, Texas, April 13, 1980.
Oak Ridge National LaboratoryP. O. Box 2008
Oak Ridge, TN United States 37831
- Hooker, J N
- Publication Date: 1980
- Pagination: 31 p.
- TRT Terms: Competition; Energy conservation; Energy consumption; Energy resources; Forecasting; Freight transportation; Fuel conservation; Planning; Transportation modes
- Uncontrolled Terms: Energy crisis
- Old TRIS Terms: Energy intensiveness
- Subject Areas: Energy; Environment; Freight Transportation; Marine Transportation; Planning and Forecasting; Railroads;
- Accession Number: 00323243
- Record Type: Publication
- Report/Paper Numbers: CONF-800486-1
- Contract Numbers: W-7405-ENG-26
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Feb 6 1981 12:00AM