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.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • From National Energy Uses Conference for Transportation; San Antonio, Texas, April 13, 1980.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    P. O. Box 2008
    Oak Ridge, TN  United States  37831
  • Authors:
    • Hooker, J N
  • Publication Date: 1980

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  • Pagination: 31 p.

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Filing Info

  • 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