LIMITS ON OIL CONSERVATION IN THE US TRANSPORTATION SECTOR

Conservation measures in the transportation sector are expected to significantly reduce oil consumption to help meet the national goal to reduce oil imports by about 4 million bbl/day (MBD) by 1990. These measures include increased carpooling, increased use of mass transit, enforced 55-mph speed limit, and the introduction of more fuel-efficient autos. This paper attempts to quantify the effectiveness of each. Increased carpooling and mass transit, by themselves, are inadequate conservation measures. The key to transportation energy conservation is the introduction of the efficient auto. However, because of the difference between EPA-tested new car mileage and that obtained under actual driving conditions, it is unlikely that oil consumption will reduce as expected. It is estimated that, at best, we can expect only a 1.8 to 2.7-MBD oil savings in 1990 - a considerable shortfall. (ERA citation 05:008782)

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of California, Livermore

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    Livermore, CA  USA  94550

    Department of Energy

    1000 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20585
  • Authors:
    • Austin, A L
  • Publication Date: 1979-10-3

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  • Pagination: 29 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00326223
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Contract Numbers: W-7405-ENG-48
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 19 1981 12:00AM