This publication contains current data on energy consumption in the United States. Three specific topics are addressed: (1) transportation and energy conservation; (2) energy conservation and the economy; and (3) the 55 mph speed limit. Under topic 1 it is pointed out that transportation's petroleum requirements doubled between 1954 and 1974, and that motor vehicles are the predominant users, accounting for nearly 40 percent of all the petroleum used in the U.S. Under topic 2 it is stated that: in 1974 the U.S. paid 23.6 billion dollars for the oil needed to bridge the difference between domestic production and nationwide demand; U.S. dependency on foreign oil could rise to 50 percent by 1980; and, in view of contemporary consumption rates, limited reserves, and declining domestic production, petroleum independence is not attainable as a short-term goal. The 55 mph speed limit is discussed in regard to its effect on energy consumption, the saving of lives, and the saving of dollars. Comments are also included on the speed limit provisions of the federal-aid highway amendments of 1974 and on the enforcement of the 55 mph speed limit.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Department of Transportation

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 1975-6-10

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 8 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00097724
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 13 1975 12:00AM