The rising demand for oil in the industrialized world is already being driven to some extent by the very rapid growth of car ownership. This is particularly true of the USA, where 50% of crude oil consumption (compared to only 17% in Europe) goes into fuels for road vehicles, mostly automobiles. The situation will be greatly exacerbated if the world car population grows as fast as some forecasts indicate, and if present patterns of fuel consumption per vehicle persist. The real question highlighted is not so much whether the world will run short of oil because of the growing number of motor vehicles, nor whether technical developments can avert such a crisis. The real question is how governments and communities generally will act in this situation.

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    IPC Science and Technology Press Limited

    IPC House, 32 High Street
    Guildford, Surrey  England 
  • Authors:
    • Leach, G
  • Publication Date: 1973-12

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 195-207
  • Serial:
    • Energy Policy
    • Volume: 1
    • Issue Number: 3
    • Publisher: Butterworth Scientific Limited
    • ISSN: 0301-4215

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00057184
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1974 12:00AM